Pawn Shop/Second Hand Dealer Licensing

Overview

Pawn Shops and Second Hand Dealers are both heavily regulated by state and local authorities. These regulations are primarily targeted at protecting consumers and preventing criminal conduct, whether intentional or not. In almost all jurisdictions, a pawn shop license and/or second hand dealer license is required before a business may legally begin to operate. Applications for these licenses are often tedious and require extensive supporting documentation. Errors and deficiencies in the pawn shop license application process are likely to cause considerable delay in the issuance of your license. LicenseLogix will help you navigate through these cumbersome requirements and ensure that your business is licensed to be up and running as soon as possible.

Background

The Pawn Shop industry is regulated by various Federal Laws, including the Patriot Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Credit Opportunity Act. Both state and local authorities further regulate Pawnbrokers and Second Hand Dealers by making it illegal to operate without a license. Regardless of your location, a pawn shop industry license will almost always be required, and in certain jurisdictions, it may even be required for your employees.

In addition to completing an application form and fee, states generally also require applicants to provide varying supporting documentation. This may include fingerprints, credit reports, financial statements, letters of reference, surety bonds and/or proof of insurance. Application fees may range from $200 to about $1,000. To remain in compliance with industry regulations, each business is required to maintain its license by filing renewals and, in some cases, daily reports of their transactions.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Pawnbrokers and Second Hand Dealers caught operating without a license (or with an expired license) may be subject to various penalties. These may consist of a substantial fine, imprisonment, or both.

How we help your business:

  1. Our licensing specialists walk you through extensive application requirements and streamline the process for you.
  2. We ensure that your application is filed correctly and that you are operating in compliance with the law.
  3. Our flat rate service fee will save you money by taking a time-consuming task off of your desk for a fraction of what it might cost elsewhere.

More Resources:

- National Pawnbrokers Association
- Pawn Shops Today


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