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Reporting Employees and Obtaining Criminal History Records Checks - Secondhand Precious Metal Objects Dealers & Pawnbrokers

Reporting Employees

A dealer or pawnbroker must report any individual who is employed to buy, sell, or supervise directly the buying or selling of secondhand precious metal objects:

Dealer’s Report of Employee (Word)

E-mail the completed form to

Criminal Background Checks

Each dealer applicant and employee who engages in precious metal or pawn transactions must have a state and federal criminal history records report. This report is reviewed by the Secondhand Precious Metal Precious Metal Object Dealers & Pawnbrokers Program in conjunction with the Maryland Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Upon a satisfactory report from the Maryland State Police, the dealer will be issued a license as a dealer, or the employee will be authorized to conduct precious metal or pawn transactions on behalf of the dealer.

Fingerprint Services

The Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services provides a list of authorized fingerprint service providers located throughout the state. To obtain your set of fingerprints, submit a completed Livescan Pre-registration Application to your chosen service provider along with a valid form of government picture identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, Military ID, Certificate of Naturalization or Alien Registration Card).

Fingerprints are taken digitally. To ensure that your criminal history record is received by the Maryland Department of Labor, you must provide the vendor with both of the following authorization codes:

FBI (ORI) - MD920320Z
MD CJIS - 9000040103

Contact providers to schedule appointments and to determine total cost, hours of operation and preferred methods of payment.