Effective Tuesday May 28th, 2019 we will begin the summer work schedule. 8am to 5pm Monday - Thursday & 8am to 11:30 am on Fridays. This will be in effect until September 3rd, 2019.
Police Department Firearms
Firearms Application Registration System (FARS)

Berlin Police Department ORI NJ0040500

Effective 02/19/2019, New Jersey police departments will no longer be accepting paper Firearms Applications. All applicants will need to apply at: www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars

All firearm applicants to the Berlin Police Department are required to pay the non-refundable fee(s) within seven (7) days of each application submission:
  • $5.00 for a Firearm Purchaser Card (Initial card only) and/or
  • $2.00 for each Permit to Purchase a Handgun
Payment may only be in the form of cash, check or money order.

Who to contact for help?
If you are having technical issues, contact the New Jersey e-Government Services Help Desk.
Phone: 609-586-2600

For any policy-related issue or if unable to submit application because of validation failure, please contact your municipal police department.
The above listed Help Desk will not be able to assist in these cases.

What is an ORI Number and how can I find the ORI Number?
The ORI (Originating Agency Identifier) Number is a unique number assigned to each Police Department and State Agency. The application will be submitted for processing to the municipal police department whose ORI Number is selected at the beginning of the form. New Jersey residents are required to submit the application to the ORI of municipal police department for their residence. ORI can’t be re-assigned after application submission. It is, therefore, very important that you first obtain the correct ORI Number from your municipal police department. If you are not a New Jersey resident, you may select an ORI of any State Police Station for submitting your application but you may want to select the one closest to you as you will be required to visit the station.

Are all municipal police department accepting S.T.S. 033 Form online?
Not all municipal police departments are currently accepting S.T.S. 033 Form online. You will not be able to proceed with this form online for an ORI that is currently not accepting online application.

How can I check whether a municipal police department is accepting S.T.S. 033 Form online?
The online S.T.S. 033 Form starts with the ORI Number. If the concerned municipal police department is not accepting online requests, you will not be able to proceed with the form submission. You need to make sure that you are applying with the correct ORI number after consultation with the concerned municipal police department. The name of the municipal police department is displayed when a valid ORI Number of a participating police department is entered.

What if I select a wrong ORI while filling out the online S.T.S. 033 Form? The name of the municipal police department is displayed when a valid ORI Number is entered. If you submit the form for an incorrect police department, it will not be processed. You will need to reapply and pay again. It is therefore, very important to first consult the concerned municipal police department and get their ORI Number before submitting the online request.

What information will I need to complete the form?

You will need following information for completing this form:
  • ORI Number for your municipal police department
  • Personal Information including all former names and name aliases
  • SBI Number if you have previously been fingerprinted for firearms
  • Two References with their contact information – address, email and phone
  • Employer Information if employed
  • Past residential address history if you have resided outside New Jersey in last ten (10) years
  • For Change of Name application, copy of supporting marriage license or court order (in any of these formats - PDF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and TIF)
  • Alien Registration Number, if not a US Citizen

What will I need to pay for submitting the S.T.S. 033 Form?
It depends on the purpose for which you are submitting the application. If you have been fingerprinted for firearms before and applying for any of the following reasons, you will pay $21.00 fee for 212A processing:

  • Lost or stolen Identification Card
  • Mutilated Identification Card
  • Change of Address on Identification Card
  • Change of Name on Identification Card
  • Permit to Purchase a Handgun

Permit to purchase a handgun cost is $2.00 per permit and applicants that need to be fingerprinted for firearms will need to pay MorphoTrust fee for getting fingerprinted and pay $5.00 fee for only an Initial Firearms Purchaser Identification Card. These fees are required to be paid within seven (7) days of each application submission to the Berlin Police Department and are non-refundable.

Do I need to take any actions after submitting the form online?
Yes, you are required to take further actions before the municipal police department can start processing your application. These would depend on the purpose selected for the application. The required actions are listed in the ‘Next Steps’ section of the Confirmation Email. Applicants who haven’t been fingerprinted for firearms in New Jersey before will need to take an appointment with MorphoTrust to get fingerprinted. Information required for fingerprint appointment is included in the Confirmation email. Fingerprint appointments can be scheduled at: https://nj.ibtfingerprint.com

Can I submit the Consent for Mental Health Records Search (Form S.P. 66) application online?
Yes.

Is the reference feedback required for processing the S.T.S. 033 Form?
Yes, to process the application the municipal police department requires two references from reputable persons who are presently acquainted with the applicant, other than the relatives. Not having this feedback can delay the processing. The service sends two reminder emails with the link to submit electronic feedback.

Will I be informed if my references have submitted their feedback to the municipal police department?
You will receive an email on electronic submission by each reference. If the feedback is not received, to keep you informed the service will send you an email along with a reminder email to the reference.

Do I need to submit 212A Form for firearms application (S.T.S. 033) that have been submitted online?
Online S.T.S. 033 application includes the 212A processing. If submitted online, you shouldn’t apply for separate 212A processing.

I have been fingerprinted for firearms but I can’t submit S.T.S 033 application. What do I need to do?
The system checks the information you entered on the application with the fingerprint records on file and if it cannot find a match for all the required information, it won’t allow you to proceed. If this happens, check your Firearms Purchaser Identification Card to confirm you are entering the correct information. If it is still an issue, you may want to contact your municipal police department to check with them.

Do I need to enter the SBI Number?
If you have been fingerprinted for firearms in New Jersey, you would have been assigned an SBI Number which is printed on your Firearms Purchaser Identification Card. Entering the SBI Number on applications for duplicate card/permit to purchase handgun helps in faster processing of the application but it’s not required information.

Do I need to enter my Social Security Number?
Disclosure of social security number and driver license details are voluntary. However, without it, the processing of the application may be delayed. This information is considered confidential.

Why can’t I enter a non-New Jersey address in the Residential Address section?
You are required to be New Jersey resident if the application includes permit to purchase a handgun.

What happens if I submitted my application for a wrong ORI?
Your application can’t be approved if submitted for incorrect municipal police department. You will need to reapply. Refund cannot be issued for incorrectly submitted applications.

What happens if incorrect information was used while getting fingerprinted with MorphoTrust?
If an incorrect ORI was used with MorphoTrust, you will need to go for repeat fingerprinting. For any other correction, please follow-up with your municipal police department to check if they can assist you.

What document do I need to supply for Change of Name on Firearms Purchaser Identification Card?
You will need to upload copy of marriage license or court order for the name change application. The file format needs to be either a JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF or TIF.

What happens if I decide not to continue with a request and close my browser?
All information will be lost.

How can I find out the status of my application?
The system sends you an email when certain milestones like receipt of feedback from reference, and criminal check are completed. You will also receive an email when the application is completely processed for approval or denial. The formal approval or denial is mailed by the municipal police department to the residential address submitted on the application. You will need to follow-up with the concerned municipal police department for the mailed copy.

What do I need to bring with me to collect Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun?
Please refer to the email you would have received informing about the application approval. All applicants are required to bring proof of identity (Picture ID with Name and Date of Birth) to the issuing municipal police department.

Please note that the fees stated above are subject to change without notice.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Sayers at (856) 767-4700, extension 132 or via email dsayers@berlinpolice.net.