Operate as a Second-Hand Dealer or Pawnbroker - Tasmania


You will be required to notify the police if you intend to be a second hand dealer or pawnbroker. A second hand dealer or pawnbroker operates a business involving the buying, selling, exchanging or otherwise dealing in second-hand goods, or advancing money on the security of pledged goods (pawn broking).

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 able to operate as a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker you must:

  • provide at least one month's notice in writing to the officer in charge of your nearest police station
  • be a fit and proper person
  • demonstrate a familiarity and understanding of your expected duties and record-keeping requirements.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

No fees are required.


Task Resources
Apply Letter of Application of Intention to Operate as a Second-hand Dealer or Pawnbroker - Please consult your local police station for details of any other specific information to be submitted in your application letter.

Approval Time

Allow one month for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania Police

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers

Mailing address: GPO BOX 308
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6230 2111
Email: Tasmania.Police@police.tas.gov.au