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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 Board of Equalization. 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.

Department of Justice
4949 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 94203-3870

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 903387
Sacramento, CA 94203-3870
(916) 227-3688

The BOE provides seller permit application instructions and information.

Board of Equalization
450 N Street
Sacramento, CA 94279-0001

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0001
(800) 400-7115
(916) 324-2926

The DMV can provide the status on Occupational Licensing.

Department of Motor Vehicles
8243 Demetre Avenue
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 932342, MS: L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420
(916) 229-3126

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 California State Board of Equalization
  • 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
Firearms Division
PO Box 820200
Sacramento, CA 94203-0200
(916) 227-3694

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