Firearms Investigations Unit

Please follow the below instructions for the new Firearms Application Registration System (FARS):

FARS Application Procedures for Applicants

Step 1: Visit this website. You MUST enter the site address as follows:

Step 2: When you log on, you must enter the Hoboken Police Department’s ORI number: NJ0090500

Step 3: Complete the online application. Be sure to enter your “Official Name” (e.g. Joseph vs. Joe). You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

Step 4: You will need to submit payment at the Police department for your permits and, if applicable, the Firearms ID card. Permits to Purchase handguns are $2 for each permit, and $5 for the ID card. Payment is made in the form of one money order made out to City of Hoboken for the total amount requested.

The new process is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well as the best email addresses for yourself and references.

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 investigation.

You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.

The Firearms Investigator, Officer Libon Schelmety, can be reached at 201-420-5103



Bar Card Applicants can apply at the Hoboken Police Department’s Bureau of Identification Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Please be advised, in order to apply for a Bar Card you MUST have the following:

  1. A $50.00 money order (money orders can be purchased at the Post Office, CVS or Walgreen’s), leave payee blank.
  2. TWO forms of identification, one must be a photo id  (driver license, passport, social security card, health insurance card). Credit/Debit cards are NOT acceptable forms of ID.
  3. A cell phone to call and make your fingerprint appointment.
  4. A credit or debit card to make a required $53.91 payment when making your fingerprint appointment. (If you do not make payment, you will not get an appointment)

Once you have your fingerprint appointment scheduled, you will receive your temporary bar card work receipt allowing you to begin work the same day.