Purchasing Firearms in New Jersey

RTSP does not provide legal advice.

The following  section is for informational purposes only.

 

So, you want to purchase a firearm? Great! You’ve come to the right place, but first you need the proper documentation and credentials. But don’t worry, obtaining your Firearms ID Card and Pistol Purchase Permit is not as intimidating as you might think. For more information about obtaining the proper documentation, or any questions regarding the application process, please visit your municipal police station or local State Police barracks. They will be happy to assist you.

As a New Jersey resident, you are limited to purchasing one handgun every 30 days. Long guns (rifles and shotguns) can be purchased with no such limitations.

In New Jersey, you must be 18 years old to obtain a Firearms ID Card, and 21 years old to obtain a Pistol Purchase Permit.  

To Purchase a Pistol:

It is required that you must be at 21 or older, have a valid NJ Pistol Purchase Permit, NJ Firearms ID Card, and a valid government issued photo ID with address and birthdate. The addresses must match between all presented documents and credentials.

Pistol Purchase Permits are obtained from your local police department, and are valid for 90 days (not 3 months) from the date of issue and may be renewed for an additional 90 days. If renewed – permits expire 180 days from the original issue date.

Only NJ residents can obtain a NJ Pistol Purchase Permit.

Permanent Resident Aliens: In addition to the documents listed above, Permanent resident aliens must present documentation to establish 3 months of continuous residency in NJ prior to the sale date. Acceptable documents include lease agreements, rental receipts, and utility bills.

Non Resident Aliens: Unless a non resident alien has a NJ hunting license or a waiver from the Attorney General of the United States, he/she is not allowed to purchase a firearm. If a non resident alien has one of these, he/she must present it along with documentation of three months continuous residence in NJ prior to the firearms sale.

To Purchase a Long Gun:

It is required that you be 18 years or older, have a valid NJ Firearms ID card with your current address, and a valid government issued photo ID with address and birthdate. The addresses must match between these credentials.

Permanent Resident Aliens: In addition to the documents listed above, Permanent resident aliens must present documentation to establish 3 months of continuous residency in NJ prior to the sale date. Acceptable documents include lease agreements, rental receipts and utility bills.

Non Resident Aliens: Unless a non resident alien has a NJ hunting license or a waiver from the Attorney General of the United States, he/she is not allowed to purchase a firearm. If a non resident alien has one of these, he/she must present it along with documentation of three months continuous residence in NJ prior to the firearms sale.  

Ammunition Purchase:

Handgun ammunition (including centerfire as well as rimfire): Purchaser must be over 21 years of age.  A valid NJ Firearms ID card with your current address and valid government issued photo ID with address and birthdate is required. The addresses must match between these credentials.

Permanent Resident Aliens: In addition to the documents listed above, Permanent resident aliens must present documentation to establish 3 months of continuous residency in NJ prior to the sale date. Acceptable documents include lease agreements, rental receipts and utility bills.

Non Resident Aliens: Unless a non resident alien has a NJ hunting license or a waiver from the Attorney General of the United States, he/she is not allowed to purchase a firearm. If a non resident alien has one of these, he/she must present it along with documentation of three months continuous residence in NJ prior to the firearms sale.

Rifle & Shotgun ammunition (including centerfire as well as rimfire rifle cartridges):  Purchaser must be over 18 years of age. A valid government issued photo ID with address and birthdate is required.

 

Below are the forms that are needed to obtain your Firearms ID Card and Pistol Purchase Permits. You are able to apply for as many permits as you want, but remember you can only use 1 permit every 30 days for as long as your permits are valid. Also provided is a link to the New Jersey State Police Firearms Division with other downloadable forms.  Please go to http://www.njsp.org/info/forms.html#firearms for more information.