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.

Not yet a member? Please join us!

1st California Pawnbrokers Association Northern California Spring Conference

We will be holding the 1st California Pawnbrokers Association Northern California Spring Conference on March 27-28, 2015 at the Hayes Mansion – Dolce Resort in San Jose.

“Taking Care of Business”


Hotel rate is $169 – make reservations soon so you don’t miss out on this great early rate.

To register call the hotel directly at 408-226-3200 and tell them you’re with the California Pawnbrokers Association!

You can register at the hotel online by visiting https://resweb.passkey.com/go/CAPAWNatDHM

Hayes Mansion invites guests to experience Northern California’s comfortable elegance amid lush landscapes and dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. From Bay Area vacations to conferences, Hayes Mansion offers the best accommodations for all getaways. The culture of San Francisco, the vineyards of Napa Valley, the beaches of Santa Cruz, and nearby golf courses all lie within reach of the estate’s prime location, 15 miles from San Jose International Airport.

The award-winning Dolce Hayes Mansion is located just 15 minutes from San Jose International Airport in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Recognized for excellent service, ambiance, amenities and technology features, the mansion has received many industry awards from leading magazines and organizations.

Your special day will be one you will soon remember at the site of the Dolce Hayes Mansion. Their team of culinary and service staff are there to make all your dreams come true. Choose from turn-of-the-century indoor settings or beautifully landscaped outdoor locations to provide the perfect backdrop for our first Northern California Spring Conference.

During this year’s CAPA events you’ll find (details subject to change):

  • An opportunity to visit several area pawn shops. The trip will include transportation and lunch.
  • Exhibit hall with vendors eager to make you the best deal including special private exhibit booths for our diamond and gem buyers.
  • Timely seminars that speak to your business, addressing issues that directly affect you including hands-on training for you and your employees.

Topics highlighted this year:

  • The DOJ Database – what will it take to convert and comply.
  • Security – keeping your building, staff, and merchandise safe.
  • Building partnerships – law enforcement, local officials, relationships are so important
  • CAPA’s 2015 Legislative efforts to significantly enhance our business revenue
  • and much, much more!

Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds!

So many diamond and gem dealers come to our conferences…bring them your stones and have them compete; shop around! You’ll go home knowing you got the best deal.

CAPA Pawn Tour – Our First Northern CA Tour!

Back by popular demand, Friday, March 27, 2015 (8 am –4 pm) $150 registration includes lunch and transportation. Space is extremely limited so register early to be on the bus!

Schedule Basics – Check the website by January 1st for a full schedule of events and educational topics

Thursday March 26

  • Board of Directors Meeting

Friday March 27

  • CAPA Pawn Tour
  • Welcome Reception

Saturday March 28

  • Opening General Session Breakfast
  • Exhibit Hall Hours
  • Concurrent Educational Seminars

For more information, you can download the brochure linked below

CAPA Spring Conference Brochure

CAPA 2015 Spring Conference Registration Form

A Special Message from the California Pawnbrokers Association President, Tony DeMarco

The California Pawnbrokers Association is the voice for thousands of California’s unique and diverse professionals who combine to create a dynamic and prosperous industry.

For more than a half century, California Pawnbrokers Association (formerly the Collateral Loan & Secondhand Dealers Association or CLSDA) has been the guiding light, setting policies and continually improving the business climate for its members throughout the state. Our strong advocacy at the local and state levels combined with the passion of our members has promoted CAPA to the forefront of creating a better business climate for all pawn brokers, secondhand dealers and coin dealers in California. We work to ensure the very highest quality of professional and ethical conduct and strive to bridge strong relationships between our brokers and dealers and legislative, law enforcement and other regulatory agencies.

As President of this dynamic organization, I thank each and every one of our members who have dedicated themselves to making California a better place to do business through their involvement with and commitment to CAPA.

If you are not a member, please take a few moments to visit our site and see all that we offer, and how much we have accomplished on your behalf.

Please contact me should you have questions or comments.

Thank you for visiting us!