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A pawnbroker lends money at interest in exchange for personal property (including motor vehicles) left with him or her as security. Pawnbrokers are required to be licensed by the California Department of Justice and must obtain a seller's permit from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Automobile pawnbrokers also require a dealer's license from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).


Provides background checks for the licensing agencies that issue licenses for pawnbrokers and Second hand dealers.

Office of Attorney General

1300 I Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-9555

Mailing Address:

Secondhand Dealer & Pawnbroker Unit

PO BOX 903387

Sacramento, CA 94203-3870

(916) 210-6276

www.caag.state.ca.us



The Department of Tax and Fee Administration provides seller permit application instructions and information.

Department of Tax and Fee Administration

450 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 942879

Sacramento, CA 94279

(800) 400-7115

http://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/


The DMV can provide the status on Occupational Licensing.

Department of Motor Vehicles

(800) 777-0133

www.dmv.ca.gov


Pawnbrokers dealing in firearms must meet California's firearms dealer licensing requirements pursuant to Penal Code (PC) Section 12071 by possessing the following:

  • Valid Federal Firearms License
  • Seller's permit issued by the Department of Tax and Fee Administration
  • Valid Certificate of Eligibility issued by the California Department of Justice
  • Local regulatory and/or business licenses
  • Recorded on the California Department of Justice's centralized list


Department of Justice

Bureau of Firearms

PO Box 820200

Sacramento, CA 94203-0200

(916) 227-7527 Phone

(916) 227-7480 Fax

www.caag.state.ca.us/firearms



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