License Bureau Contact:
(908) 722-4111 ext. 4026
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
11:30 am- 6:30 pm
Township residents needing fingerprinting for adoption, financial matters, immigration, naturalization, employment checks, visas, person records, and good conduct should contact IdentoGO by calling (877) 503-5981.
Firearms Registration and Application System (FARS):
Step 1: Log on to www.njportal.com/njsp/fars
Step 2: The Bridgewater Police Department's ORI # - NJ0180600
Step 3: Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. When completing the application you will need the email addresses of two (2) reputable references. Your references can be family members.
Step 4: You must appear at your police department to pay for your initial Firearms Identification Card (FID Card) and/or Pistol Purchase Permits. Your application will not be processed until you have paid for the FID Card/Pistol Permits. Non-refundable payment is required to be made prior to the completion of the background as per NJSC 13:54.1.4.
* You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.
* Once your application is complete, a station representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card and/or Pistol Purchase Permit documents.
* Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer. Please advise them to complete the questions immediately to progress your background application.
* The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well the best email addresses for you and your references.
Applying for a Permit to Carry a Handgun
The following instructions are the same for the initial and renewal application.
You MUST apply in person
Out of State Residents – apply at a non-toll road State Police Barracks closest to your residence.
*PLEASE CALL THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO APPLYING –
DO NOT JUST SHOW UP
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING AT TIME OF APPLICATION
Driver’s License and Birth Certificate OR Driver’s License and Passport OR Driver’s License and Naturalization Paperwork/Green Card
Three (3) State of New Jersey Applications For Permit To Carry A Handgun, form SP642. Must be double sided and notarized.
All references must know the applicant for a minimum of three (3) years prior to the date of the application.
Fillable form can be found here: SP-642
Four (4) color passport size photographs with your application package.
Consent for Mental Health Search, form SP-66.
Filliable form can be found here: SP-066
Written proof of qualification and ownership with the handgun(s) you intend on carrying if your application is approved.
Proof of ownership can be a purchase receipt or purchase permit or a notarized letter of ownership listing make, model, and serial number of handgun(s).
Written qualification must be within six (6) months of application and include Instructors Name and Certification, make, model, caliber and serial number of handgun(s) you intend to carry.
A money order in the amount of $50.00 payable to; “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”
THE REQUIRED WRITTEN FIREARMS QUALIFICATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(B), CAN BE OBTAINED AT MOST FIREARM RANGES THROUGH OUT THE STATE. A LIST IS ALSO AVAILABLE New Jersey Shooting Ranges | New Jersey State Police - Firearms Information (nj.gov).
A NEW JERSEY PERMIT TO CARRY IS VALID FOR TWO (2) YEARS FROM TIME OF APPROVAL.
IF ANY OF THE PRECEDING IS NOT COMPLETE OR INCORRECT THE APPLICATION WILL BE RETURNED AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-APPLY.
All persons wishing to solicit within the Township of Bridgewater must apply by filling out an application. Applying for a Peddler/Solicitor Permit does not make you eligible to solicit. You must have a permit in your possession. Either stop in at the Records Bureau window or download the application.