[toggle title=”What type of weapons can I possess with a F.I.D. Card?”]F.I.D. Card authorizes the possession and carrying of non-large capacity rifles, shotguns and any type of device or instrument which contains or emits a liquid, gas, powder or any other substance designed to incapacitate.

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[toggle title=”How can I apply for a F.I.D. Card?”]Applicants will complete an online application at the police station.  You may download an application worksheet here FID card application worksheet .

Applicants must submit proof of citizenship. i.e., Birth or Naturalization Certificate.

Applicants must submit proof of residency. i.e., copy of a current utility bill.

Applicants for a New FID Card must submit verification that he/she has recently completed a firearms safety course approved by the Colonel of State Police, unless FID issued solely for Pepper Spray etc.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How much will this application process cost?”]Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable) check or money order made payable to the Town of Watertown.There is no license fee for persons over the age of 70 or for the renewal of an FID Card issued solely for the purchase or possession of pepper spray.Who is eligible to obtain an F.I.D. Card?As a United States citizen you are entitled to receive a F.I.D. Card unless one or more of the disqualifying factors exist:

  • you have been convicted within the last five years of a felony in any state or federal jurisdiction or have been convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for more than two years within the past five years or have been released from confinement or supervision within that period while serving a sentence for such felony or misdemeanor
  • you have been confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, except where the applicant submits an affidavit of a registered physician that he is familiar with the applicant’s history of mental illness and that the applicant is not disabled by such illness in a manner which should prevent his possessing a firearm, rifle or shotgun
  • you have within the last five years been convicted of a violation of any state or federal narcotics or harmful drug law, or have within that time been released from confinement or supervision within that period while serving a sentence for narcotics or harmful drugs; (no re-instatement for trafficking)
  • you have been convicted of a violent crime as defined in M.G.L., Chapter 140 Section 121
  • you are under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of application; (must have parental consent if 15 years of age or older, but under 18 years)
  • you are an alien
  • you are or have been under treatment for or confinement of drug addiction or habitual drunkenness within the last five years
  • you are currently subject to an Abuse Prevention Order issued pursuant to M.G.L., Chapter 209A
  • you have been adjudicated a youthful offender as defined in M.G.L., Chapter 119 Section 52, including those who did not receive an adult sentence, or within the last 5 years has been released from confinement or supervision where such person was serving a sentence as a youthful offender

In addition to the above, Federal Law (CH. 44 Title 18 U.S.C. 922 (g) & the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1997) adds the following disqualifiers for possession of a firearm:

  • you have been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions
  • you are a citizen of the United States and have renounced your citizenshipv
  • you are a fugitive from justice

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[toggle title=”Can I possess a F.I.D. Card if I have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime?”]No, if the crime involved was one classified as a violent crime as defined in M.G.L., Chapter 140 Section 121.Yes, if the misdemeanor crime is punishable by two years or less.Yes, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for more than two years, but more than five years has elapsed since you have been released from confinement or supervision for such misdemeanor. However, federal law would not allow you to possess any firearms, but you may possess the following:

  • an aerosol weapon
  • a primitive firearm (an antique firearm manufactured prior to 1898)

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[toggle title=”Do I need a F.I.D. Card to possess PEPPER SPRAY?”]Yes, to possess any type of device or instrument which contains or emits a liquid, gas, powder or any other substance designed to incapacitate an F.I.D. Card is required. However, you may make application for a F.I.D. Card which is issued solely for the possession and purchase of Pepper Spray. By requesting same you would not have to submit verification that you recently completed a firearms safety course. First year cost for the initial application is $25.00 however future renewal applications are free.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How long is a F.I.D. Card valid?”]A F.I.D. Card is valid for six (6) years unless suspended or revoked upon the occurrence of any of the statutory disqualifiers.[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Do I have to inform anyone of my address change?”]Yes, you must complete the “Change of Address Notification Form” and follow its instructions. You must notify the following agencies within 30 days:

  • the issuing department
  • the department of the jurisdiction you are moving into
  • Firearms Record Bureau 200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA. 02150

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[toggle title=”Who can I call for any additional questions?”]You can call the Detective Division at 617-972-6545. Further information about firearms registration and laws is available from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.[/toggle]