Get Your NJ Permit to Carry / CCW - Process & Requirements


The process and requirements to get a "Permit to Carry" a Handgun in NJ

Date: September 15, 2023

The U. S. Supreme Court struck down the "justifiable need" requirement that made it difficult to obtain a permit to carry a handgun outside the home in New Jersey. On June 24, 2022 the New Jersey Attorney General issued a directive clarifying the NEW requirements for carrying firearms in public. Read the full AG Directive here: https://www.njoag.gov/acting-ag-platkin-issues-directive-clarifying-requirements-for-carrying-firearms-in-public-in-wake-of-supreme-courts-decision

There are training and certification requirements to obtain your New Jersey "Permit to Carry" a handgun that Elite Noire provides. Concealed Carry Courses require you to demonstrate safety, familiarity, and accuracy with the gun your wish to carry. You can read all about the requirement here under section "13:54-2.4 - Application for a permit to carry a handgun": https://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/pdf/firearms/njac-title13-ch54.pdf

Below are the instructions from the New Jersey State Police website for applying for a permit to carry a handgun as of September 17, 2023. Please be advised that the NJSP may change these requirements. Be sure to check the NJSP website for updates. We are not responsible for State law changes. Click here for basic NJSP "Firearms Information" including where to submit your application packet.

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Basic steps required to obtain a New Jersey CCW permit:

1. REQUIRED - New Jersey Firearms ID Card (NJ FID). If you don't have one, click this link to start the process. (Click here to get Firearms ID Card)

2. REQUIRED - Handgun Ownership. You must submit a purchase receipt, permit to purchase or a notarized letter of ownership listing the make model and serial number of the handgun(s). If you have an FID card but don't own a Pistol / Handgun (Click here to get Pistol Permit)

3. REQUIRED - Fingerprinting. All applicants must be fingerprinted for initial and renewal applications. Applicants can visit www.IDENTOGO.com to schedule an appointment.  Fingerprint results must be received within ninety (90) days of application. Please contact your local police department for your personalized identification number.

4. REQUIRED - Handgun Familiarity. The applicant must demonstrate “that he is thoroughly familiar with the safe handling and use of handguns,” in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(b). We recommend you take the NRA Basic 50 State CCW course. (Click here for our full course description) and/ or read the following article: NRA Launches 50-State NRA CCW Course

5. REQUIRED - Read Application Instructions. Click here for the Online "NJ Concealed Carry Permits."

6. REQUIRED - Read Application Instructions. Click here for the "Permit to Carry Instructions."

7. REQUIRED - Complete the Application. Click here to download the "Permit to Carry Application."

8. REQUIRED - Complete the Application. Click here to download the "PTC Safe Handling and Proficiency Certification."

9. REQUIRED - Complete the Application. Click here to download the "PTC Additional Handguns Intended to be Carried."

10. REQUIRED - Review the Document. Click here to download the "Civilian Carry Assessment and Range Evaluation."

11. REQUIRED - Review the Document. Click here to download the "Use of Force Training Guide."

12. REQUIRED - Complete the Mental Health Check Form. Click here to download the "Consent for Mental Health Check."


Click here to download the "NJSP Firearms Safety & Awareness PowerPoint Presentation."

What to bring for the Qualification Course of Fire:

* Handgun you own that you wish to qualify with.
* Holster Required - OWB (Outside the Waistband) only. No drop, Inside the Waistband, Shoulder, Ankle, or Cross Draw Holster allowed.
* 150 rounds of factory loaded ammunition
* At least 3 magazines for a semi auto or 3 speed loaders for a revolver.
* Minimum of 2 Mag Pouches
* Eyes and Ears Protection


Please consult an Attorney for all of your legal questions. Elite Noire is not providing, nor will it ever provide legal advice.

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