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**Technical difficulties with the SCDCA complaint system have been resolved. If you experience any problems with the complaint system you may email our office at scdca@scconsumer.gov and we will return your message on Monday**

Pawnbrokers

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. 

Initial and renewal filings are now available on the Department's new online licensing system!

*Please note the Department's new physical address is 293 Greystone Blvd., Ste. 400 | Columbia, SC | 29210*
**Mailings may still be sent to PO Box 5757 | Columbia, SC | 29250-5757**

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