Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Criminal Background Checks and Fingerprint Services - Maryland Licensing of Secondhand Precious Metal Objects Dealers & Pawnbrokers


Criminal Background Checks

Each dealer applicant and employee who engages in precious metal or pawn transaction must have a state and federal criminal history records report. This report is reviewed by the Secondhand Precious Metal Precious Metal Object Dealers and Pawnbrokers Program in conjunction with the Maryland Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Upon a satisfactory report from the State Police the dealer will be issued a license as a dealer or the employee will be authorized to conduct precious metal or pawn transactions on behalf of the dealer.

Fingerprint Services

Each applicant for a dealer’s license and each employee who will be responsible for precious metal or pawn transactions on behalf of the dealer must submit to a criminal history records check. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services provides a list of authorized fingerprint service providers. These providers are located regionally throughout the state. See authorized fingerprint service providers for convenient locations.

Fingerprints are taken digitally. To ensure that your criminal history record is received by the Department, you must provide the vendor with both of the following authorization codes:

FBI - MD920320Z
MD CJIS - 9000040103

Criminal history record information obtained under this program is mailed directly to you and/or the agency(s) of your choice. No information regarding your criminal history is given to the private provider.

Fees for Service

The current fee for both the Maryland and federal criminal history records report is $57.25. This fee is subject to change at any time. In addition to this fee the private provider will collect an additional service fee as determined by the provider. When you call for an appointment, confirm the amount of the fee that is required to be paid.

State Police Fingerprint Services