Second-hand dealers / pawnbrokers licence - Queensland


You require this licence to carry on the business of dealing in second hand property or to be a market operator. You can apply for a second-hand dealer licence or a pawnbroker licence, or a combined licence. This licence is available to individuals, partnerships and corporations.

You will require a pawnbroker licence if you intend to take security of an item (known as pawn or pledge) from a person or lend a sum of money for a return of profit.

A second-hand dealer licence allows you to trade in second-hand goods by:

  • acquiring them
  • selling them
  • disposing of them
  • giving exchanges on them.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

There are no experience or educational requirements, however to be eligible you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a suitable person
  • have a registered office in Australia.

You must undergo a criminal history check to confirm their suitability. The criminal history check applies to each person for whom a date and place of birth are requested on the application form.

You may be eligible to be licensed under mutual recognition laws if you hold a comparable licence within another Australian State or Territory or within New Zealand.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


Submit an 'Application for Second-Hand Dealers and / or Pawnbrokers Licence' (Form 1), along with the following document/s,

  • an original copy of a birth certificate/extract, driver's licence or passport
  • a photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations as a true copy. Proof of identity can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, barrister/solicitor or notary public.

Approval time

Processing time is 4 - 6 weeks


You cannot transfer this licence.

Disqualified persons or entities

You are not suitable to hold this licence if you:

  • are insolvent or under administration
  • are an externally administered body corporate
  • have been convicted of a disqualifying offence in the last 5 years.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Industry Licensing Unit

Contact details

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Industry Licensing Unit

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 74 68
Fax: 07 3738 8784