Welcome to the California Pawnbrokers Association

California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA) is an association of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers and is the only one of its kind in California. CAPA’s members strive to maintain the highest level of ethical conduct by following established best practices and adhering to federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Since it’s founding in 1956, we have served the interests of tens of thousands of responsible pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. The association serves it’s membership through legislative advocacy, professional education, industry programs and legal resources. Our members strive to be valued and respected by their communities by taking part in community outreach programs, as well as encouraging and fostering good relationships with law enforcement, state legislators, local government and community leaders.

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CAPA 61st Annual Convention & Exposition

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA
October 27-29, 2017

The 61ST Annual CAPA Convention and Exhibition offers timely topics that speak to your business, addressing issues that directly affect you and your employees. Make plans NOW to join us in San Diego!

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Spring Conference April 2, 2017


We are excited and honored that Detective Scott Yates, from the Vallejo Police Department and lead detective on the Tim Pult murder investigation, will be joining us as a panelist to share what he can about the investigation and lessons learned from the horrendous incident in December. 

Additionally, we have designed the day with your needs in mind. You will hear from industry panelist regarding MLA, CAPSS, the political climate here in California and how to ensure you are “taking care” of business.

Protecting, Insuring, and the Unexpected Tragedy – Presented by: Seth Ward, Elizabeth Chapple,and Detective Scott Yates

Are you ready for the unexpected to happen? Do you have a team to help in case of an emergency? How can CAPA members help? Hear from key industry professionals regarding:

  • General policy items to review and double check as related to security and safety
  • How to handle an interruption in business lasting more than a day 
  • Security policies and practices to bring safety awareness to employees and owners
  • Ideas to make your shop look harder than the shop down the street

Learn how your membership in CAPA can help you regarding insurance benefits and workers comp issues.

California vs. Trump: The Players, the Issues, and What it All Means for Your Business – Presented by: Bill Duplissea, CAPA Lobbyist

From crowd sizes and travel bans to the Russians and fake news, the late-night comedy shows are having a field day with Trump’s first 100 days. But it’s a serious time for the economy and small businesses. While the Trump Administration has vowed to make it easier to do business in America, California leaders are gearing up to oppose his agenda. Join us for a discussion with CAPA Lobbyist Bill Duplissea, who will cut through the noise and explain the REAL implications of the recent election for the pawn industry, the future of the MLA, and California’s business climate.

CAPSS System Challenges and Opportunities – A Candid Discussion – Presented by: CAPA Officers and DOJ Task Force Leaders, Tony DeMarco and Sam Shocket

While CAPA continues to hold DOJ database managers and developers to the true intent of the regulations, we continue to be challenged with the potential huge costs and complications involved every time DOJ updates the CAPSS system. We’ll have the most involved CAPA pawnbrokers here to discuss the status of the database, how to get ahead of the updates and ideas on how to stream-line your operations using the CAPSS system. We’ll also share our comprehensive list of “issues” that cause errors while uploading. This discussion will save you and your employees hours of frustration.

Military Lending Act Boot Camp – Presented by:  Jacqueline S. Mallett and Jon Webster

It’s time to take charge and move out. The Military Lending Act is here—it’s in effect—and it presents a huge liability to pawnbrokers. Jackie Mallett and Jon Webster will tell you how to protect your business and avoid big fines during this panel discussion. Learn various options for:

  • Checking a customer’s active duty status
  • Making loans to active duty service members
  • Retaining MLA documents
  • Handling rollovers and renewals
  • Lowering your risk of liability

Learn how the new CAPA contracts and written policies and procedures can protect your business like a Kevlar vest. Don’t be caught unarmed.  Jackie and Jon will walk you through MLA territory to safety.

Be sure to watch for updates to this exciting day.

Registration can be found here.

We’re holding a few sleeping rooms at Embassy Suite Sacramento for the night of April 1 – first come, first get! Just give us a call.