The current procedure is as follows:
Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 21641 and Financial Code section 21300, city/county licensing agencies are delegated the responsibility to implement the State Secondhand Dealer and State Pawnbroker licensing process into their local program. As part of this implementation, a local licensing agency (sheriff or chief of police) is required to accept an application from any person desiring to be licensed as a secondhand dealer or pawnbroker within their jurisdiction.
Consequently, Persons, Entities, and Corporations wishing to do business as a Secondhand Dealer or Pawnbroker must first apply for a specific license to conduct such business in addition to any other local general business licenses or permits.
PLEASE NOTE: A Secondhand Dealer is defined in the California Business and Professions Code, Section: 21626. (Page 17) (a) and in Attorney General's Opinion: No. 04-1001, April 6, 2005 (Attached). A Pawnbroker is defined in the California Finance Code, Section: 21000
Per Statute, the California Department of Justice implemented a process for facilitating Secondhand Dealer and Pawnbroker Licensing and established the Secondhand Dealer and Pawnbroker Licensing File in order to assist local licensing agencies (sheriff or chief of police) with processing requests by individuals interested in obtaining a license within their jurisdiction.
The attached information, which includes basic requirements for obtaining a license and applicable Secondhand Dealer and Pawnbroker Laws should provide you with an understanding of the Secondhand Dealer and Pawnbroker process and your responsibilities, and help you determine whether or not you would be able to obtain a license within your jursidiction.
Municipal Code Reference:
City of San Rafael Chapter 10.20 - PAWNBROKERS AND SECONDHAND DEALERS.
Please review the Department of Justice Secondhand Dealer or Pawnbroker Handbook
Department of Justice Secondhand Dealer or Pawnbroker Handbook
Please review the above documenation for any fees that may be associated with this permit.
Property Crimes Detective (415) 485-3000