Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


License Requirements - Maryland Licensing of Secondhand Precious Metal Objects Dealers & Pawnbrokers


Application Information:

To apply for a review of your qualification for a license as a Secondhand Precious Metal Object Dealer / Pawnbroker, you must:

  • Be eighteen years of age or older.
  • Acquire a "fixed business address" in the State of Maryland and a fully executed lease with that property owner / management company.
  • Obtain a Use an Occupancy Permit from the local zoning with jurisdiction over the location of your business address.
  • If your business is located inůMontgomery, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel Counties or Baltimore City, You must also obtain the local Secondhand Property license that is required by those jurisdictions.
  • Complete this application.

For corporations only:

You will be contacted by our office with a date and time to come in for an interview with the department's inspector. During this interview you will be asked to submit all the above documents as well as be fingerprinted for a full state & federal Criminal History Record Check at a cost of $57.25 payable by check or money order only.

Reporting Employees

Applicants / Licensees must submit the names of every employee who is engaged in or is expected to engage in secondhand precious metal object or pawn transactions on the part of the applicant / licensee. These employees must complete and submit to this office a copy of the Dealer Report of Employee form and submit to a Criminal History Record Check by being fingerprinted.

Report of Employee (Word document, 65KB, download Word viewer for free)

This can be done by either contacting our office at (410) 230-6271 and request a fingerprinting appointment or by contacting an agency listed on the Fingerprint Service Directory.

If your application is approved, you will receive a registration number under a separate cover, which will allow you to complete your license application and pay the appropriate fees on the internet.

The Secondhand Precious Metal Object Dealers and Pawnbrokers unit does not issue reciprocal licenses.