Hanover Township Police Department

Morris County, NJ

Permits to Carry a Handgun

All Permit to Carry Applications must now be submitted online through the New Jersey Firearms Application Portal: 



We will no longer accept paper applications in person.


On September 15, 2023 the New Jersey Attorney General, Matthew Platkin, and New Jersey State Police Colonel, Patrick Callahan, announced the new Civilian Carry Assessment and Range Evaluation (CCARE) Protocol.  This live-range training replaces the Permit to Carry Safe Handling and Proficiency Qualification protocol (HQC2-modified) issued on July 21, 2023, and is the required range component pursuant to NJSA 2C:58-4(g). 


If you received your firearms training PRIOR to July 1, 2023, and your permit does NOT expire until after December 22, 2023, you MUST requalify on the CCARE Protocol or the HQC2-modified protocol issued on July 21, 2023.  An individual who completed a course of fire prior to the issuance of the CCARE Protocol is deemed to have satisfied NJSA 2C:58-4(g) IF, AND ONLY IF the prior course included each of the following:

  • A minimum of 50 scored rounds per participant.
  • Minimum passage score of 80% using an FBI type Q target.
  • At least 10 rounds must be from the 15, 10, 7, 5, and 3 yard lines each, or if fewer rounds were fired from those distances, the remaining rounds must have been fired from greater distances.
  • The participant must demonstrate safe holstering and unholstering during the shooting course, which must include safely drawing the weapon from a secured holster before firing at each of the required distances and reholstering after completing the round.
  • The participant must demonstrate proficient and safe reloading during the shooting course.


NO substantially similar courses completed after the CCARE Protocol is issued will be accepted.


You have until December 31, 2023 to requalify and complete the requisite training to comply with the law.  Failure to requalify under NJSA 2C:58-4(g) by December 31, 2023 will render your permit-to-carry invalid. 


Once you requalify you must submit a copy of your completed certificate to this agency PRIOR to December 31, 2023.  It is your responsibility to determine whether the training you have already taken satisfies the requirements under NJSA 2C:58-4(g).   


Please download this document for information on where you can and cannot carry your handgun once you receive your Permit to Carry.