Is there an association that represents California pawn shops?

The California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA), formerly CLSDA, is the only association for California pawn shops. The association was founded in 1965 and represents tens of thousands of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. 

Members of the California Pawnbrokers Association receive several benefits, including 30 free minutes of consulting with a leading attorney each month, installments of the industry newsletter, political advocacy on behalf of the pawn industry on local, state, and federal levels, and much more.

How do I join the California Pawnbrokers Association?

To learn more about the benefits of being a member of CAPA, please visit our Member Benefits page.

To become a member, visit our Join CAPA Now page to download the member application form and to contact Kim Andosca, our Executive Director.

California Pawn Shop Regulations and Laws

Pawn shops are regulated on a local, state, and federal level. Among the many laws designed to regulate pawn transactions, California pawnbrokers are required to obtain a secondhand dealers license, report all pledged items to law enforcement on an daily basis, and hold pledged items for 30 days before putting the items up for sale.

To find out more information about California’s Pawn Shop Regulations and Laws, or to speak with a member of the California Pawnbrokers Association, please visit our Contact page.

If you are a member of the media and are requesting more information, please visit our Media Relations page.