Pawnshops in Minneapolis must have a license.


A pawnbroker or pawnshop is a business that:

  • Lends money with personal property used as collateral
  • Lends money in exchange for a mortgage on personal property
  • Buys personal property with the intent of selling it back again 
  • Sells personal property on consignment 
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Before you begin

See How to open a new business


You must provide a surety bond with your application. 

See Minneapolis $5,000 bond


See Pawnshop Application

A Personal Information Form must be completed by the applicant, manager(s) and each person who owns 5% or more. Publicly traded corporations do not need to complete this for owners.

See Personal Information Form


Find your license fee

Submit your application

Submit your application to Business Licenses & Consumer Services

If you have questions, contact:

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Lost or stolen items at pawnshops

When people report property as stolen or lost, the Police Department looks for matches at pawnshops.

More information


Report concerns about a business


The information on this page should serve only as guidelines. 

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If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

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Contact us

Business Licenses & Consumer Services

Community Planning & Economic Development






Public Service Building 
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Minneapolis 311


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