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A pawnshop license is required in unincorporated King County where merchandise of any kind is received for which money is loaned or the repayment of a security is required (Title 6* of the King County Code). The license fee is $500 per year, pro-rated quarterly for new applicants applying after January 1st. Licenses expire annually on December 31st.

Detailed record keeping, holding periods, and reports to the King County Sheriff's Office are required.

To apply, complete the General Business License Application, available in PDF* (22KB) or fill-in MS Word* (92KB) format. For assistance, contact the Permitting Department at 206-296-6600.

*Note: To view PDFs, free software from Adobe is required. Word documents require Microsoft software. For assistance, see helpful hints.

To request this information in alternate formats for people with disabilities, call 206-296-6600 or TTY Relay: 711.