Pawn Shops in California are regulated by the California Department of Justice, which enforces State Financial Code requirements for pawnbrokers. Licensing may be obtained through either the chief of police, the sheriff, or, where appropriate, the police commission. The California Financial Code can be read on the website of the Legislative Counsel of the State of California. See Division 8: Pawnbroker. Click the link below to view the California Financial Code.
Regulatory Authority: California Department of Justice enforces the States Financial Code requirements for pawnbrokers.
Licensing Authority: The chief of police, the sheriff, or, where appropriate, the police commission shall accept an application for and grant a license permitting the licensee to engage in the business of pawnbroker.
California Financial Code
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