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New Jersey Conceal Carry Weapon FAQ

If you have questions about obtaining a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit in New Jersey, this FAQ page has all the answers you need. Discover the requirements, application process, and other important information about carrying a concealed weapon in New Jersey.

NJ Handgun Laws

New Jersey Conceal Cary Weapon FAQ

  • Pursuant to Attorney General Directive No. 2022-07 dated June 24, 2022. “Justifiable need to carry a handgun” is not required.
  • We recommend you do not submit an incomplete carry package to your town. Submit the entire package at once.
  • If you take Florida or Utah CCW, that will not cover New Jersey.
  • You need to practice the course of fire because it will be pass or fail. Qualification must be within six (6) months of application.
  • Residents that have a local police department must submit your packet there.
  • Are CCW carriers exempt from transportation rules? Once you have a NJ CCW, the firearm you are carrying does not need to follow transportation rules. However, this does not apply to other firearms you might be transporting.
  • Exempt from carrying loaded mags? Once you have a NJ CCW, you no longer have to rely upon the exemptions!
  • Does NJ CCW have Reciprocity? Some states recognize NJ’s permit, but at the moment, NJ does not recognize any out of state permit.
  • You must renew your NJ CCW every 2 years with a full packet submission and qualification.
  • We will not be offering prints/notary/passport photos at this time. You are responsible for the entire application process.
  • Maximum 2 guns to qualify per session. Please note: the firearms you qualify with will be the firearms listed on your CCW.
  • Can non-residents apply? Yes! NJ does not distinguish resident from non-resident!
  • Concealed or Open Carry? NJ does not distinguish. To avoid scrutiny, it is strongly advised to conceal carry.
  • Does FL or UT non-resident permit count for training? No.
  • Does DD214 count for training? No.
  • If you are a NY and NYC resident, you can apply for a NJ non-resident CCW – Follow FID instructions as listed here.
  • If you are a NY and NYC resident and want to apply for a New York State RESIDENT carry permit Click Here for information.
  • Firearm(s) maximum of two for initial qualification. Please note: The firearms will be listed on your qualification form with serial numbers and are the only specific firearms you can legally carry once your permit is approved by the NJSP.
  • Federal law prohibits anyone with a medicinal or recreational marijuana card from applying for a NJ CCW permit.
  • Can a green card holder, who is not a US citizen, apply for the NJ CCW? If they can legally own a firearm in NJ, they can apply.
  • What if I fail? You will have to pay and retake the qualification course. Carrying a gun is a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously.