Second-hand Dealer's and Pawnbroker's Licences - Western Australia

Description

You will need a licence to operate as a pawnbroker or as a second-hand dealer.

A pawnbroker is a person who carries on the business of lending money on the security of pawned goods. This means you take possession of the goods and are able to sell them if the loan is not repaid within a certain time. This includes goods sold to you with a provision that the seller may buy them back.

A second hand dealer is a person who operates a business that buys, sells, or exchanges second-hand goods. Second-hand goods are items that have already been worn or used.

You will need to apply for a licence:

  • as an individual, but you can hold that licence on behalf of a company or a partnership.
  • for each premises you intend to operate.

You may not need to hold a second-hand dealers licence depending on the types of second-hand goods you deal in.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

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

Duration

Up to three years

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Act 1994 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Regulations 1996 Western Australia

Publications Details process

Apply

You must advertise your intention to apply for a licence in a newspaper that circulates throughout the State. Your application for this licence must be lodged within 28 days of advertising your notice of intention.

Application process

Apply

You will need to provide the following documentation when applying as a sole trader:

  • evidence of age and identity (e.g. birth certificate, passport, or motor driver's licence)
  • overseas police check (if you are an overseas citizen or have lived overseas for a certain amount of time)
  • three passport-sized photographs
  • written evidence of local government approval
  • trading name documentation.

If the licence is to be held on behalf of a company, you will also need to provide a:

  • letter of authority from the company directors authorising your application
  • certificate of incorporation
  • business name registration certificate
  • company extract showing the list of directors.

If the licence is to be held on behalf of a partnership, you will also need to provide a:

  • letter of authority from the partners authorising your application
  • business name registration certificate
  • company extract showing the list of partners.

Lodgement process

Lodge

Lodge your application in person with the Agency.

Transfer

This licence is not transferable

Administering agency

WA Police

Police Licensing Services

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Services (Second-hand)

Police Licensing Services

WA Police

Operating address: Level 1, Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Cannington
Western Australia 6107
Mailing address: Locked Bag 9
East Perth
Western Australia 6892
Phone: 1300 171 011
Fax: 08 9454 1533
Email: licensingservicessecondhand@police.wa.gov.au
Website: Police Licensing Services (Opens in new window)