City of El Paso businesses wishing to engage in selling or exchanging secondhand goods must obtain a City-issued secondhand dealer permit. The permit application may be obtained online.

Subject to applicable federal, state and local laws, the records, goods, articles or things purchased, received or kept for sale or exchange by every secondhand dealer must be made available for inspection by any member of the Police Department upon demand during regular business hours. Items that are just received by a secondhand dealer must be kept accessible and available for inspection by a Police Officer for at least 20 business days after attainment. Any items found to be recorded as stolen or otherwise subject to a civil or criminal investigation must be shipped to the requesting Police Officer with all shipping costs covered by the secondhand dealer.

City of El Paso Ordinance - Dealers in Secondhand Goods, Dealers in Crafted Precious Metals, Coin Dealers and Pawnbrokers

Secondhand Dealer Permit Procedures and Policies

Apply

To obtain a secondhand dealer permit, you must submit an application and pay the established fees. For those who conduct business in more than one store location, a separate application and license is required for each place of business.

NOTE: Dealers engaging in Precious Metals Sales must also register with the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and provide a Crafted Precious Metal Dealers Certificate.

Submittal and payment can be done in person, by email, mail or fax.

To Apply In Person or by Mail:
One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

To Apply by Email:
OSSHelp@elpasotexas.gov

To Apply by Fax:
(915) 212-0105

Application must include:
Business Information: Name of business, business address, previous business address (if applicable), corporate address (if applicable), phone number, brief statement on type of advertising to be done, list how long business will operate in City of El Paso, indicate whether business is a temporary location and if business will deal with Precious Metals

Applicant Information: Name, home address, date of birth, driver license number, driver license state of issuance and indicate if applicant has been convicted of a citation, felony, misdemeanor or violation of municipal ordinance.

Employee Information: A list of all employees to include managers and supervisors must be provided for each store location. The following information is needed for each employee: Name, home address, date of birth, driver license number, driver license state of issuance and indicate if applicant has been convicted of a citation, felony, misdemeanor or violation of municipal ordinance.

NOTE: Your application must be notarized. This can be done with any notary public, including One Stop Shop staff members who can notarize your application at no cost.

Application Review:
After submittal and payment, your application will be forwarded to the Police Department who will conduct an investigation to determine if there are grounds to deny the license. If approved, your license will be mailed to you no later than 30 business days after the date of submittal. If denied, you will receive a notice by personal delivery or certified mail notifying you of the denial.

NOTE: You have the right to submit an appeal if your license was denied. For more information, select the Appeal tab.

Secondhand Dealer Fees:
The secondhand dealer permit fee must be paid prior to issuance of the permit. The permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

  • Secondhand Dealer Permit Fee: $154.00
  • Tech Fee: $2.00
  • Secondhand Dealer Permit Fee at Additional Location (if applicable): $82.00
  • Expedited Application Review Fee (if applicable): $50.00
  • Credit Card Fee (if applicable): 1.98% of total payment

Secondhand dealer permits CANNOT be transferred to another person, business or store location.


Renew

Applicants who need to renew their secondhand dealer permit must begin the renewal process 45-90 days before the expiration of their existing license, or else be required to pay an expedited application review fee.

To renew a secondhand dealer permit, you must submit an application and pay the established fees. For those who conduct business in more than one store location, a separate application and license is required for each place of business.

NOTE: Dealers engaging in Precious Metals Sales must also register with the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and provide a Crafted Precious Metal Dealers Certificate.

Submittal and payment can be done in person, by email, mail or fax.

To Apply In Person or by Mail
:
One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

To Apply by Email:
OSSHelp@elpasotexas.gov

To Apply by Fax:
(915) 212-0105

Application must include:
Business Information: Name of business, business address, previous business address (if applicable), corporate address (if applicable), phone number, brief statement on type of advertising to be done, list how long business will operate in City of El Paso, indicate whether business is a temporary location and if business will deal with Precious Metals

Applicant Information: Name, home address, date of birth, driver license number, driver license state of issuance and indicate if applicant has been convicted of a citation, felony, misdemeanor or violation of municipal ordinance.

Employee Information: A list of all employees to include managers and supervisors must be provided for each store location. The following information is needed for each employee: Name, home address, date of birth, driver license number, driver license state of issuance and indicate if applicant has been convicted of a citation, felony, misdemeanor or violation of municipal ordinance.

NOTE: Your application must be notarized. This can be done with any notary public, including One Stop Shop staff members who can notarize your application at no cost.

Application Review:
After submittal and payment, your application will be forwarded to the Police Department who will conduct an investigation to determine if there are grounds to deny the license. If approved, your license will be mailed to you no later than 30 business days after the date of submittal. If denied, you will receive a notice by personal delivery or certified mail notifying you of the denial.

NOTE: You have the right to submit an appeal if your license was denied. For more information, select the Appeal tab.

Secondhand Dealer Fees:
The secondhand dealer permit fee must be paid prior to issuance of the permit. The permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.

  • Secondhand Dealer Permit Fee: $154.00
  • Tech Fee: $2.00
  • Secondhand Dealer Permit Fee at Additional Location (if applicable): $82.00
  • Expedited Application Review Fee (if applicable): $50.00
  • Credit Card Fee (if applicable): 1.98% of total payment

Secondhand dealer permits CANNOT be transferred to another person, business or store location.



Appeal

After submittal and payment, your application will be forwarded to the Police Department who will conduct an investigation to determine if there are grounds to deny the license. If denied, you will receive a notice by personal delivery or certified email to the most current business address on file notifying you that the investigation revealed one or more of the following:

  • The applicant's place of business is not in compliance with applicable state laws or local ordinances;
  • An individual applicant or any employee of an entity applicant, whose duties include the purchase or sale of regulated merchandise, has been convicted of a criminal offense involving theft, burglary, robbery, fraud, or tampering with or falsification of evidence or official records, unless:

    • The applicant or employee has been pardoned
    • One year has elapsed since the applicant or employee has been fully discharged from the sentence imposed for the offense, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation ordered by any court
    • The criminal proceedings were deferred without a final adjudication of guilt

  • Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement of facts of material consequence in the application
  • Six or more violations of this chapter within twelve months immediately preceding the current application by the applicant, any employee of the applicant, whose duties include the purchase of regulated merchandise, or the combined violations of both the applicant and the employee.

You have the right to submit an appeal if your license was denied.

Appeal Process:
1. You must submit a written statement requesting an appeal. This must be submitted no later than 15 days after receiving the denial notice from the Police Department. Your statement must clearly express why there is not a valid basis for denial of the license.

2. Upon receiving your written statement, a Police Department license official will coordinate with the City Attorney's office to schedule a hearing for your appeal. The hearing date will be scheduled 15-30 business days after the date in which your appeal was received. At the hearing, you will be given the opportunity to present evidence or witnesses, if needed. The hearing will last no longer than one day, unless one or both parties request an extension.

3. After your hearing, you will receive within 5 business days the hearing officer's written decision, including facts and conclusions of law. The hearing officer's decision is final and cannot be disputed.

NOTE: If the application is for the renewal of a license, the existing license will remain valid and in effect during the pendency of the appeal.

Results of an Appeal:
If the decision was to deny your license:

  • The decision will become effective 14 days after it was rendered.
  • A provisional license may be issued at the hearing officer's discretion, which provides the applicant a 6 month period to make corrective action. The provisional license is valid for 6 months from the date of issuance, and the applicant is required to pay a non-refundable Enhanced Provisional License Fee of $150.00. If corrective action has been satisfactorily completed and if no other violations are committed, the Police Department license official will issue the standard license.
If the hearing officer decides that there are no ground to deny the license:

  • The order to deny the license will be immediately withdrawn, and the license will be issued and mailed to you.

Recordkeeping

A record of all transactions must be kept in a format prescribed by the Chief of Police. Records must be maintained in English and in a clear, legible manner.

Secondhand dealers must complete and maintain a secondhand dealer receipt book. Receipt books can either be purchased at the One Stop Shop for $10.00 each with a maximum of 5 books per purchase, or you can produce your own receipt books so long as they are in an acceptable format that is approved by a Police Department license official. A record of all transactions for one year from the transaction date must be maintained, even if the secondhand dealer no longer possesses or owns the property. Records must be accessible during business hours, at the address that is listed on the license.

Records must be updated at the time of each transaction, be sequentially numbered and include the following information or documentation:

  • Transaction date
  • Business name
  • Business address
  • Confirmation of the seller's identification via a U.S. state-issued driver's license or identification card with a photo for kiosk transactions, or via a U.S. state-issued driver's license or card with a photo or military identification card for transactions conducted in person
  • Seller's address
  • Seller's date of birth to include month, day and year
  • Seller's last name, first name, and middle name/initial
  • Seller's hair color, eye color, height and weight
  • An accurate and full description of secondhand goods to include, but not be limited to: serial numbers, model numbers, item type, make, model number engraving, inscriptions, color, size, length, unique markings, owner applied numbers, inventory number, metal, stone, karat and design must be recorded if applicable. Each individual item must be recorded fully and accurately as soon as commercially reasonable but no later than 15 business days after the transaction. Stones must be described as to type, including results of electronic testing, color, shape, number, size and approximate weight. Class ring descriptions must also include school name, class year and any names or words noted or inscribed on the ring.
  • The price or consideration paid or received at the time of transaction.
  • All record entries must identify the person making the entry.

Secondhand dealers may not purchase or acquire any item that is stolen or that shows any indication of not belonging to the person offering such item for sale or purchase, unless:

  • The seller of the offered item(s) produces a valid receipt or other evidence of ownership or purchase of the item(s).
  • The seller of the offered item(s) provides a signed and dated written statement including a description of how the seller came into possession of the item(s) and that the seller does not have a receipt. A copy of the receipt, document evidencing ownership or purchase, or written statement must be attached to, and retained with, records of the purchased or acquired item(s).

Exclusions

The following businesses are exempt from applying for a secondhand dealer permit:

  • Junk businesses or dealers. Junk means discarded metal, glass, paper, cordage, rags, bones, rubber or other waste which may be treated so as to be used again in some form; vehicles or machines which are worn out and intended for scrapping; or any article or substance commonly considered to be junk. The term does not include secondhand articles or substances which are still usable for the purpose for which they were originally intended and are sold with a view to such further original use.
  • Used motor vehicles
  • Dealers in antiques, art and collectibles. Dealers in antiques, art and collectibles are defined as any dealer who engages exclusively in the business or occupation of selling, bartering or exchanging any painting, furniture, china or other object that is valuable primarily by reasons of age, scarcity or the skill and craftsmanship of the artist(s) or artisan(s). Antiques will not include family heirlooms made of gold and silver or other precious metals.
  • Coin collectors or coin shops that engage exclusively in the coin business or occupation.
  • Neighborhood garage sales
  • Nonprofit or charitable secondhand goods or thrift-type shops
  • Licensed gun dealers who engage exclusively in the business or occupation of selling, buying, bartering or exchanging guns or firearms.
  • Itinerant sellers of secondhand goods
  • A business that purchases cellular phones or electronic communication devices or consumer electronics in return for a non-cash credit such as a gift card from the issuing business, a credit at the issuing business or credit to an account with the issuing business.

Contact Us

One Stop Shop
811 Texas Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79901
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Phone: (915) 212-0104
Fax: (915) 212-0105

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Health counter open until 5:30 p.m.)
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.