Pawnbroker's Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to act as a pawnbroker. Pawnbrokers are involved in the:

  • Advance of money on the security of goods pledged by the customer; and
  • Offer goods for resale.

A licence may be held by an individual, partnership or corporation. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Not have committed an offence against the Act or a corresponding law of another State or Territory;
  • Not have committed an offence involving fraud or dishonesty;
  • Not have been refused a licence, or had a licence cancelled or revoked under this Act or a corresponding law of another State or Territory; and
  • Pay all the relevant application fees.

This licence may be applied for by individuals, partnerships and corporations (including all their executive officers). If you hold a licence in another State or Territory and intend to conduct work in the Australian Capital Territory your licensing status may be recognised under the mutual recognition system.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Maximum 3 years.



One year.


Three years.


One year.


Three years.



Your completed application must be supported by two forms of personal identification for each individual, partner or executive officer, and any other documentation as required by the authority. Please view the application form for details.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Pawnbrokers Act 1902 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601


02 6207 3000


13 22 81

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