Signs, notices and pawn tickets - second-hand dealer and pawnbroker obligations

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Signs required by law

All second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers must display a: 

  • current registration certificate, or a copy of this certificate, in a prominent place at each place where the business is conducted. Failure to comply carries a maximum fine of 60 penalty units.
  • Notice of stolen goods (PDF, 6KB) in a prominent place at each business premises so that the notice is clearly visible to the public. Failure to comply carries a maximum fine of 60 penalty units.

You must also display a Notice of pawnbroker charges (PDF, 7KB) in a prominent place, in or outside each business premises. It must:

  • be clearly visible to the public from outside the premises 
  • show the maximum amount charged weekly or monthly, or any other period normally used by the pawnbroker on a pawn transaction 
  • state that in special circumstances a higher amount may be charged 
  • state the charge in dollar amounts, and not as a percentage rate.

Failure to comply carries a maximum fine of 20 penalty units.

The notices referred to above are available on the Fees and forms – second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers page

Please note: by printing and using our notices you will meet the wording and font requirements specified under law. It is important that you comply with these requirements.

Notices given to a person who pawns goods

You must give the following notices to a person who pawns goods:

Failing to give any of these is an offence which carries a maximum fine of 20 penalty units.

Pawn ticket requirements

A pawn ticket must include the:

  • name and address of the pawnbroker
  • full name and address of the person the goods are received from
  • date of the loan
  • amount loaned
  • description of the goods pawned
  • number of the pawn transaction
  • pawnbroker's charge
  • period of the loan, and
  • amount(s) paid and date(s) of payment.

The ticket must be updated each time a payment is made.

Lost pawn ticket

You must issue a duplicate ticket if a customer produces a statutory declaration that their ticket has been lost or stolen, and provides proof of identity. It is an offence to charge for a replacement ticket.

For more information on the identity requirements for people selling or pawning goods, view our Evidence of identity page.

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