Dealer License Information

Police Chief

David Rausch
chiefofpolice@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-7000

800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915

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DEALER LICENSE PROCESS

For secondhand antiques, junk, gold, silver or precious metals

STEP 1. Call the Inspections Unit and schedule an appointment 865-215-7379.

Call during these hours: Tuesdays 9:00 am-11:30 am or 1:30 pm-3:00 pm; Thursdays 10:30 am-11:30 am or 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

STEP 2. Bring to the appointment:

1. Completed application (must be notarized), including:

  1. Copy of the City of Knoxville business license, if applicable.
  2. Copy of corporate charter, the business ID or tax account number issued by the State of Tennessee, if company is a corporation, LLC, limited partnership or limited liability partnership,
  3. List of current employees,
  4. Waiver signed by each applicant, applicant’s partners, or corporate officer allowing KPD to conduct background checks.

2. If being fingerprinted during the appointment, bring two forms of government-issued ID:
  1. Driver license or passport
  2. Social security card

3. If submitting a set of classifiable fingerprints from another agency, it must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a government-issued photo ID (driver license or passport) and social security card.

4. Cash or money order for $50 application fee

STEP 3. You will be notified within two (2) to four (4) weeks of approval or denial.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a Dealer’s License?

Pursuant to Knoxville City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 16, Section VII, a Dealer’s License is needed if the business purchases items such as precious metals, jewelry, coins, electronics, etc. Pawnshops do not need a Dealer’s License from the City of Knoxville. A more comprehensive explanation is detailed in the Code of Ordinances.

View Code of Ordinances Ch. 16 Article VII

Who can I call for information about the application process?

If there are any questions about the application process, obtaining fingerprints or a criminal background check, please contact the Knoxville Police Department’s Inspections Unit at 865-215-7379.

Download the Dealer License Application [PDF]

What documents must be included in the completed application?

Documents which must be included in the completed application are listed on the application itself:
  • City of Knoxville Business License
  • If company is a corporation, LLC, limited partnership or a limited liability partnership, provide a copy of the Corporate Charter, the business ID or tax account number issued by the State of Tennessee
  • A receipt documenting payment of the $50.00 application fee to the Records Unit, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN
  • A waiver signed by each applicant, applicant’s partners, or corporate officer allowing the Knoxville Police Department to conduct necessary criminal background checks
  • Each applicant, applicant’s partners, or corporate officers must submit one set of classifiable fingerprints

Download the Dealer License Application [PDF]

How do I report information to LeadsOnline?

For information on how to establish an account with and report to LeadsOnline please call LeadsOnline Support at 1-800-311-2656 or visit http://www.leadsonline.com/main/businesses/businesses.php.

What must be reported to LeadsOnline?

A description of the item purchased and the customer’s information needs to be uploaded to LeadsOnline. Photos of all items purchased must be taken and maintained by the business. If you choose to upload photos to LeadsOnline, then the business will not have to maintain the photos on the premises.

What is the procedure to renew a Dealer’s License?

The renewal process is the same as the initial application process. The same completed application and applicable documents, along with the $50 fee, must be submitted prior to the expiration of the current Dealer’s License. The license holder will be notified by the Knoxville Police Department’s Inspections Unit when the expiration date is approaching.

Who can I call if I have questions about enforcement of this ordinance?

Questions about enforcement can be directed to the Knoxville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 865-215-7324.