Pawnbroker or Second-hand Dealer Notification - Tasmania


You will need to notify the officer in charge of your local police station if you intend to operate as a:

  • Pawnbroker - lend money to people on the security of their pawned goods.
  • Second-hand dealer - buy, sell, or exchange second-hand goods.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be able to operate as a pawnbroker or second-hand dealer, you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • provide at least one month's notice in writing to the officer in charge of the police station nearest to where you propose to carry on business
  • be familiar with and understand your expected duties and record-keeping requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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You do not need to pay any fees.


Act(s) name

Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1994 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Application process

Please send a simple letter outlining your intention to operate as a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker to your local police station. Include your personal details and the location of your intended business.

Approval time

30 business days

Administering agency

Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania Police

Contact details

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