Under Arizona Revised Statue 44-1627, a person shall not act as a pawnbroker until licensed by the sheriff of the county in which the person regularly conducts business.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit handles the licensing application and all required documentation.
Basic requirements to process the application include a $22.00 money order made payable to the Arizona Department of Public Safety for each individual’s fingerprint, articles of corporation or partnership agreement or contract, and the fingerprint cards. If the background check comes back clear, the application can be reviewed for approval. You will then need to bring a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $1000 payable to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Finally, you are required to provide the Sheriff’s Office an affidavit of ownership or lease agreement showing when occupancy will occur at the licensed location.
For questions regarding the licensing process, please call the Civil Unit at 928-777-7233.