A second-hand dealer licence allows you to acquire, sell, dispose of or exchange second-hand goods, either on commission or not.
A pawnbroker licence allows you to take security of an item, known as a pawn or pledge, and lend a sum of money for profit in return.
You can apply for either licence as:
- an individual
- a partnership
- a corporation.
You can also apply for a combined second-hand dealer and pawnbroker licence.
You do not need a second-hand dealer licence if you:
- sell weapons as a licensed weapons dealer
- hire out second-hand goods
- are a registered banking or life insurance company, trustee company, or friendly or building society
- are a registered charity
- are a community or religious organisation
- are a local government
- sell only property not considered second-hand goods, as listed below.
These are not considered second-hand goods:
- newspapers, books, pamphlets, periodicals or other printed publications
- stamps or coins
- goods or items that buyers return to the same seller for refund or exchange
- motor vehicle batteries
- used tyres
- collector’s cards.
You do not need a pawnbroker licence if you are a banker, broker, commission agent, licensed auctioneer or merchant banker who lends money on property taken as security as part of banking or mercantile transactions.
To be eligible for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker licence, you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- have at least one place of business in Queensland.
You must not:
- be an insolvent under administration
- have been convicted of a disqualifying offence within the previous five years
- be an externally administered body corporate.
Both the licensee and their associates must satisfy the eligibility criteria to get the licence.
There are no training requirements for these licences.
Applying for a licence
To apply for a second-hand dealer or pawnbroker licence, you must:
- meet the eligibility criteria
- complete the 2nd Hand Dealers Application Form, including:
- all the places you will operate as a second-hand dealer
- your associates’ names and addresses (a person who represents the licensee in the business or who is regularly in charge of the business)
- provide originals or certified copies of your and your associates’ identification, such as a drivers licence, passport, birth certificate, birth extract, Certificate of Australian Citizenship or deed poll
- pay the licence fee of $560 for 1 year or $1280 for 3 years
- pay the criminal history check fee of $35.50 for each person
- lodge your application (see lodgement options on the application form).
After we approve your application, we place your business name and details on a register that the public can search to confirm you are licensed.