Skip Navigation
The Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina Show Links


The Pawnbroker Act requires that a business operating as a pawnbroker in this state must file for a Certificate of Authority and pay a filing fee of $275 for each location.  A pawnbroker is any person:
(1) engaged in the business of lending money on the security of pledged goods; or
(2) engaged in the business of purchasing tangible personal property on the condition that it may be redeemed or repurchased by the seller for a fixed price within a fixed period of time. 


Pawnbroker Program News:

The Pawnbroker program will be available on the Department's new online licensing system soon!

Pawnbrokers now have two (2) options for fulfilling the criminal background check requirement. Please see the "Criminal Background Check Instructions" below for more information.

All pawnbroker licensing forms have been updated as of May 9, 2018.


Information about the 2016 Amendments

Information about the Military Lending Act


Licensing Instructions and Forms

(*All forms updated May 2018. Review "Instructions for Renewal" below before beginning renewal process*)

Sample Documents