All FARS applications will be processed with an expected delay due to the COVID-19 response and recovery. FARS will continue to accept new applications, however it is expected that the background investigations and processing times will be significantly delayed. It is important to note that initial applications will be indefinitely delayed due to the closure of the States contracted fingerprint vendor sites. This portion of the background process will continue as soon as non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen.
The process of delivering the Firearms Purchaser Identification Cards and/or Handgun Purchase Permits that are completed will be handled on a case by case basis. If you received a call that yours was done, please call and make an appointment to pick up.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NIC) used by firearms dealers is currently suspended. Handgun Purchase Permits are valid for 90 days and can be extended for an additional 90 days for a total validity period of 180 days from the date of issuance. It is possible that Handgun Purchase Permits may expire prior to the end of the COVID-19 response. Handgun Purchase Permits will not be extended past the 180 days from the date of issuance.
We are providing this information so applicants can make an informed decision on submitting an application in FARS at this time. We have received a large number of applications since the COVID-19 outbreak, so once we are back up and running, we will have a lot to catch up with and appreciate your patience.