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Regulation of Pawnbrokers

The pawnbroker licensing program is administered by the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development adopts regulations to carry out laws governing pawnbrokers in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. This program was enacted by the Alaska State Legislature in 2010 and went into effect on July 1, 2011.

A permanent pawnbroker license is required for all persons engaging in business in Alaska for which a pawnbroker license is required by AS 08.76.100 and who do not hold a current municipal pawnbroker license that conforms to AS 08.76.100-08.76.590. If you are not sure whether your municipal license conforms to the new Alaska statutes, please contact the city clerk in your municipality. The Alaska pawnbroker license is valid for up to 2 years, and will expire on December 31 of every odd year.

Pawnbrokers must also obtain an Alaska Business License, which can be done after receiving a professional pawnbroker license.

Customer Contact Form

Do you have questions about your professional license?
Please fill out our Customer Contact Form for the fastest response.

Hard Copy License Certificates Discontinued

The division has expanded our online services to allow licensees to download their own license certificates on demand. As a result, the division no longer mails hardcopy license certificates. The certificates will be located under the “initial application” and “renewal” events in the MY LICENSE account.

If you need guidance on how to set up or access your MY LICENSE account, you can access the MY LICENSE instructions here.

Initial Application

Renewal Application

Miscellaneous Forms

Division forms may be found in the CBPL Quick links, located in the sidebar to the right.

Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statutes are passed by the legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the department to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.

Licensees are responsible for knowledge of all statutes and regulations pertaining to their profession.  AS 08.01-08.03 and 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.  AS 08.76 specifically applies to the professional licensing of pawnbrokers.

Proposed regulations are advertised in Alaska newspapers and we invite public comment on them. If you would like to receive notice of all proposed regulation changes for your program, please send a request in writing with your name, preferred contact method (mail or email), and the program you want to be updated on to:

Regulations Specialist
Email: RegulationsAndPublicComment@Alaska.Gov
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
PO Box 110806
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0806

National Organizations

National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of pawnbrokers in other states.

National Pawnbrokers Association
PO Box 420
Victor, NY 14564
Phone: 817-337-8830

Contact Information

Phone: (907) 465-2550
Email: Pawnbrokers@Alaska.Gov
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806