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Paterson Police Department

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About this picture: Daisy Mercado congratulates her daughter, Capt. Lourdes Phelan, the first woman promoted to captain in the history of the Paterson Police Department, on her promotion after she took her oath of office during a ceremony held at City Hall on Monday.

Instructions for ALL Firearm Applications


  • Applicants must be a resident of Paterson, New Jersey 
  • Applicants must be 18 years old for a Firearms purchaser identification card, and 21 years of age for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun. 
  • If not a citizen, then the Applicant must submit an Alien Card. 
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCY is required. The ONLY forms accepted are
    A) PSE&G bill with name and address.
    B) W-2 form with name and address. Or
    C) a HARDLINE PHONE BILL. (Cell phone bills are not acceptable) 

NOTE: Falsification of any form is a crime of the 3rd Degree.

All Documents MUST be typed : NO EXCEPTIONS
Click here to download the NJ App Firearm Purchaser ID card, for a carry permit, the NJ App for Permit To Carry A Handgun needs to be downloaded as well. Click here to download NJ App for Permit To Carry A Handgun:
• Fill in Application(s) on the computer! **MUST BE TYPED**

Click here to download the Consent for Mental Health Records Search:
• Complete ONLY TOP portion of the form

Click here to download the Firearms Application Reference:
• One letter to be completed by each of the references listed on your application.
• This is to be filled out by your reference and submitted to the Firearms Unit along with a copy of your Drivers License and Social Security Card.

*CROSS OUTS and WHITE OUT will NOT be accepted!!