Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau is tasked with the responsibility of conducting criminal investigations, following up on investigations started by the Patrol Division, conducting background checks for various purposes, and overseeing the firearms identification card and purchase permit application processes.  

Firearms Application Procedure: (West Caldwell Residents Only)


Step 1: Visit this website. You MUST enter the site address exactly as follows:


Step 2: Enter the West Caldwell Police Department ORI #: NJ0072100

(You WILL NOT be able to complete the FARS online application WITHOUT THE PROPER ORI#)


Step 3: Complete the online application. You may complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. When completing the application you will need the correct email addresses of two (2) reputable references.


 Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Please advise them to complete the questionnaire immediately to progress your background investigation.


 You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process. The emails are automatically generated by the FARS system.  Please do not contact the police department for updates. 


 Disclosure of your social security number and driver’s license details are voluntary. However, without it, the processing of the application may be delayed.


 The online application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best contact information for you and your references.


Step 4: Once your application has been reviewed and the criminal history responses are received from the state, a Detective will contact you to make an appointment to review your application, verify your address, and to pay the mandatory application fees.  Your application will not be processed until you have paid for the FID Card/Pistol Permits. Non-refundable payment is required prior to the completion of the background.  Payments may be made by cash, check, or money order.  Please have exact change if paying in cash.  Make checks or money orders payable to "Township of West Caldwell’.  


Fees:  Initial Firearms Purchaser Identification Card = $5.00.

           Permit to Purchase a Handgun = $2.00 (per permit)


Step 5: You will receive an email stating final approval from the automated system indicating that your Firearms Identification Card is ready for pickup and/ or the E-Permit to Purchase a Handgun is active and ready to be used.