• You must be 18 years of age to obtain a Firearms Identification Card.
  • You must be 21 years of age to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun.
  • You must meet with the firearms investigator to obtain a permit to carry a handgun.
  • You can never have been convicted of an indictable crime in this state, or the equivalent of a NJ indictable crime in another state, that has not been expunged or sealed. A crime for the purposes of other states, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:1-4, involves any crime where a person CAN be sentenced to 6 months or more confinement.
  • You cannot be drug dependent, an alcoholic, or suffer from any mental illness or physical defect or disease that would make it unsafe for you to handle a firearm.
  • You can never have been confined for a mental disorder.

As of February 18, 2019, there is a new statewide process for applications which has been mandated by the Governor’s Office in order to speed up application processes.  The below information is important and explains the process.  Instructions will be on the website as well.

Applicants looking for an initial, modified, or replacement Firearms Identification Card (FID), or permits to purchase handguns will now apply directly to the State via  The Municipal Code, or ORI, needed for any application by a resident of Ramsey is NJ0024800.  If this is not entered correct, the application will not go to Ramsey and there will be no refund by the State if it needs to be resubmitted correctly.

Complete the online application.  Before beginning, make sure you have correct email addresses for two reputable references: REFERENCES CANNOT BE FAMILY MEMBERS.  When choosing references, please choose responsible and credible persons who will respond to the reference questions in a timely manner and that you have known for at least 3 years.  Any delays in the reference responses will directly affect your background check time.  Make sure you have good phone numbers for yourself.  Any non-working numbers, full voicemail systems, or failures to return agency phone calls will absolutely delay your application process.

All permit fees MUST be paid at the Ramsey Police Department prior to the submission of your application.  If not, the Ramsey Police Department will not electronically accept and forward your application to be processed.  Fees may be paid by check form made out to “Borough of Ramsey” or cash if received during the Borough’s normal business hours.  Police Officers and Dispatchers will never accept cash.  If your application is for an initial or duplicate Firearms Identification Card, the fee is $5.00.  Each permit to purchase a handgun is $2.00.  There is no fee for a change of address, name, or sex.

Applicants must make sure their driver’s license name, address, and date of birth are accurate and reflected accordingly on the application.  You MUST enter your “Official Name”, you cannot utilize simplified versions of your names (Joe vs. Joseph).  Inconsistencies will result in delayed applications or denial of service at firearms dealers.  Falsification of any information on an application or related document is a crime of the third degree (N.J.S.A. 2C:30-10c), and is a reason for denial.

All first time applicants must be fingerprinted, the fee and form needed to get fingerprinted will be provided to the applicant on the webpage.  The fee will be submitted to the location you will be printed at, NOT a Police Department. If you have been fingerprinted before for employment, clergy, volunteer, teaching, or other reasons, you still need to be fingerprinted for firearms purposes and so the State may assign you a Firearms Identification Number.

Those previously fingerprinted for firearms purposes and already assigned an SBI number (can be found on your ID card) retain the option of getting fingerprinted again if you choose, though it is not required.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • New Jersey permits one handgun purchase every 30 days.  You are entitled to as many permits to purchase as you like from us, but may only legally use one every 30 days.  Each permit to purchase a handgun is good for 90 days from issuance.  For this reason, we recommend holding off an application if you are ordering a special gun and do not know when it will be available to you.  You could apply when you know it is coming soon.
  • If you have been the subject of a Temporary Restraining Order, you may apply following its dismissal.  If you have been the subject of a Final Restraining Order, you may apply no sooner than 2 years following the issuance of that order or upon the date of dismissal, whichever is greater.
  • For person-to-person sales, the seller of a handgun is responsible for submitting the proper completed permits to the appropriate authorities as listed on the permits.
  • While this agency accepts firearms applications 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, you may be asked to return for clarification, so it is recommended you submit any required documents and payments to our Records Unit when possible for the quickest processing.
  • Be sure you do not have outstanding traffic or criminal WARRANTS.  This will likely result in you being arrested as ordered by the warrant and will be a reason your background check will be delayed or denied until rectified.
  • If you wish to learn your criminal history prior to submitting an application, you may do so through the New Jersey State Police website at and select Form A.  This could help you avoid falsifying information on your application (though most people tend to remember what happens when they get arrested) or for verifying any expungements.
  • For Bergen County residents having questions regarding any juvenile criminal histories, you should contact the Bergen County Superior Court – Juvenile Probation Unit.
  • You do not need a firearms ID card to purchase a handgun, you only need a “permit to purchase a handgun”, but you do need an ID card for handgun ammunition or long arms.
  • Certain “assault firearms” are banned in New Jersey, a complete list can be found under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1w.  Special approval needs to be sought with the Prosecutor’s Office.
  • You MAY NOT purchase handguns or long arms from an out-of-state party.  All guns being sought in this manner need to be transferred to a dealer in New Jersey who is a licensed NJ State Retail Firearm Dealer and has a Federal Firearms License.
  • If you have currently have weapons or a firearms identification card seized or forfeited, you must resolve those matters first before applying, unless directed to do so by a Prosecutor’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office.
  • Our background checks will not be conducted until the applicant has been fingerprinted or gone through their online background check.  This is due to many applicants filing applications but not completing their required checks.  It delays the process for those that have done what is required.
  • The Ramsey Police will contact you when your Firearms Identification Card (FID) and/or pistol permit(s) are completed by the Department.  E-Mails received from the NJSP do mean that your items are ready, it means that all the NJSP actions are complete and then the application is ready for review and processing by the Ramsey Police.  The Ramsey Police will contact you when your items are ready for pickup.

If you are denied for any reason, you will be notified via Certified Mail and/or phone.  You will have 30 days from receipt of your notification to file an appeal with the Superior Court of Bergen County.  There, you will request to schedule a hearing.  If you do file an appeal, you must notify the Chief of Police of the Ramsey Police Department in writing that you have filed a request for a hearing.

For any questions not seen here, you may check the New Jersey State Police website at, or contact this agency’s firearms Investigator.

If you have any questions not answered on the application or the New Jersey State Police website or you just cannot find what you are looking for, please contact Records Secretary Marlene Dougherty (201)-327-2400 or [email protected], Sergeant Anthony Fiore at 201-327-2300 or [email protected], or Officer Justin Garcia at (201)-327-2400 or [email protected].

If you are seeking a permit to carry a handgun you must contact Sergeant Anthony Fiore at (201)-327-2400 or email: [email protected] or Officer Justin Garcia at (201)-327-2400 or email: [email protected].  The process is more exhaustive and you will need to meet with the Investigator to go over it.

You MUST USE the ORI NUMBER assigned to RAMSEY POLICE DEPARTMENT that is:  NJ0024800 .

Report a Traffic Issue
Please download and fill out the “Traffic Complaint Form” (a PDF File) and return it to Ramsey Police Headquarters either in person or by mail.
You may also email:
Patrolman Canonico ([email protected]).
Please be sure to include your name, address, phone or cell number and be as specific as possible.

Your traffic complaint may constitute a “Quality of Life” issue and is important to us. Please note that anonymous complaints will be considered as “low priority”.

Residents who request a traffic survey may be contacted by a Traffic Officer for further information regarding their request.

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Self reporting Accident  Form: 

used when Police did not respond to your minor accident and now your insurance is requesting the report.



Emergency Contact and Alarm Registration Form
This form can be used for both emergency contact information and alarm registration.

Please download this page, complete it and return it to the PD. You can mail, fax or drop a copy off in person.

Remember to complete all the information if possible.

Alarm Registration Form

Public Records Request Form
To request public records from the Ramsey Police Department

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Massage Therapy License Application
Ramsey Police Massage Therapy Practitioner License Application (August 2013)

Morphtrak Fingerprint form

Borough of Ramsey Massage Therapy Ordinance

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Ramsey Police Department Internal Affairs

The members of the Ramsey Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. It is in everyone’s best interest that complaints about the performance of an individual officer are resolved fairly and promptly. The Ramsey Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both individual citizens and police officers.

Your complaint will be sent to a specially trained Internal Affairs Officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.

In accordance with New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines even anonymous complaints made against a Police Officer must be thoroughly investigated. If you wish to provide your name you may be asked to help in the investigation of the complaint by giving a detailed statement about what happened or by providing other important information which includes the names of other individuals who may have witnessed the event.

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Please read the Checklist prior to submitting the Internal Affairs Complaint Form. Send all complaints to [email protected] or contact the Internal Affairs officer at 201-327-2400.

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