Initial Application

Initial Application for Firearms ID/Handgun Purchase Permits

Applications for Firearms ID Cards/Handgun Purchase Permits and Mental Health Records Search Forms can be found on (Public information dropdown, Firearms dropdown, Forms to Download) and filled out in pdf format. Three (3) copies of the Application with three (3) original signatures and one (1)Mental Health Records Search form MUST be submitted to this agency.

Applicants must respond in person to the Bedminster Township Police Department and obtain a Police Case Number PRIOR to scheduling their appointment for fingerprinting.   All Initial Applicants for Firearms ID cards must be fingerprinted by Identogo. Appointment scheduling and payment information is available via their website at or by phone (877) 503-5981.


The scheduled fees to be submitted directly to the Township of Bedminster are as follows:

$5.00 cash or personal check made payable to: “Township of Bedminster”    
             (Firearms Purchase ID Card)

$2.00 cash or personal check made payable to:“Township of Bedminster” 
             (For Each Handgun Purchaser Permit)

Applicant checklist:

  • Police Case Number

  •  One (1) mental health records search form

  • Copy (front/back) of NJ Driver’s License

  • $5.00 cash or personal check made payable to: “Township of Bedminster” (Firearms Purchase ID Card)

  • $2.00 cash or personal check made payable to : “Township of Bedminster” (For Each Handgun Purchaser Permit) 

Please note:

In order to avoid delays in processing the applications, please provide accurate addresses (including zip codes and phone numbers) for the personal references on the applications. The law requires that the personal references are US citizens. The personal references will be sent a form letter to complete. Please notify the listed references to return the questionnaires promptly. Please review all applications prior to their submittal. Unanswered or incorrectly answered questions will delay the application process.

Concerning the questions on the applications:

  • Complexion examples : light, fair, ruddy, dark, olive, medium
  • If you have no distinguishing physical characteristics, enter “NONE”
  • If you are a student, please list school and address in question #12
  • Please answer all questions accurately. Although minor law violations may not be a disqualifier for obtaining a firearms permit, the information must be shown on the applications.

All Handgun Purchase Permits are valid for 90 Days from the date of issue and can be renewed only once for an additional 90 days. Request for Handgun Purchase Permit Extensions must be made within 180 days of issuance.

You will be notified via phone call when the Permit or ID card is ready.