1. Application type (FID/permit w/ existing FID). FID AND 1 PERMIT
2. Police Department where you applied. Chester
3. Name of the person you dealt with at the PD. Online application
4. Time taken to issue FID and/or permit. 30 days!
5. Documents required by the PD (aside from the standard application and the mental health release form). Driver's License
6. Notes - Chester was fast. I took a while to get fingerprinted due to life but they basically turned around my FID and P2P in about a day once my background check came back (which took roughly 29 days). I recently moved to Chester so my DL is not updated to my new address but that was a non issue. Really no drama with the process.
Hello all, new member here (new gun owner too). I recently completed and received my FID through Chester Township and on the new NJ FARS system. I was surprised at how quick and easy it was considering the nightmares I read here. Last time I tried to apply for a permit was in Ocean County (Jackson Township) and I gave up a few years ago.
End to end I was done in just a touch over a month (applied 10/29 and got my FID and P2P 11/30). The only reason for delay was it took me a month to find time to get fingerprinted. Automated emails went in near real time to my references who replied same day. My background check was returned exactly at 30 days. I was fingerprinted 11/25 and paid my local PD same day. One business day later I received a call to come pick up my FID. Chester was super fast and easy to deal with. They basically turned it around same day once my background and fingerprints came through.
I grew up in PA where gun laws are less restrictive but have never owned a firearm before. I took an NRA Pistol class many years ago at Gun For Hire but found the process to even get a permit in Bridgewater (and Jackson where I previously lived) to be a pain. I'm excited to be able to visit ranges with my family who are all PA residents for the most part and extremely experienced owners (via hunting or military).
Looking forward to learning to being a responsible owner. I can say the process to get my P2P and FID were far less daunting than my next step which is actually figuring out what to purchase/where/how/getting a pistol class under my belt. Gun For Hire and RTSP in Randolph seem super busy. Their basic handgun classes are completely booked into 2021. I was figuring I'd not see my permit until end of year and made the mistake of waiting to take a class. Really wanted to get a basic class under my belt and possibly a 1:1 + range time to test some weapons out before buying. A good problem to have I'd say.
One problem I seem to be running into is because I recently moved, my Driver License does not match my current address (but was not an issue getting my FID). Seems a lot of ranges require it to match the FID....