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A second-hand dealer licence allows you to acquire, sell, dispose of or exchange second-hand goods, either on commission or not.

A pawnbroker licence allows you to take security of an item, known as a pawn or pledge, and lend a sum of money for profit in return.

You can apply for either licence as:

You can also apply for a combined second-hand dealer and pawnbroker licence.

You do not need a second-hand dealer licence if you:

These are not considered second-hand goods:

You do not need a pawnbroker licence if you are a banker, broker, commission agent, licensed auctioneer or merchant banker who lends money on property taken as security as part of banking or mercantile transactions.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker licence, you must:

You must not:

Both the licensee and their associates must satisfy the eligibility criteria to get the licence.

Training requirements

There are no training requirements for these licences.

Applying for a licence

To apply for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker licence, you must:

After we approve your application, we place your name and licence details on a register that the public can search to confirm you are licensed.

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Last reviewed 28/06/2013

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