Secondhand Dealer

A Secondhand Dealer license is required of any person or company whose regular business includes buying and selling secondhand goods of any kind, including valuable metal or coins, and tangible personal properties-including previously owned, used, rented, or leased items.

Exempt from this requirement is any person dealing in secondhand motor vehicles (or parts), nor any person trading goods and merchandise as part or full payment for new goods and merchandise. Also exempt is any person buying or selling wholesale scrap iron, used metal, or dismantled motor vehicles.

Code Requirements

Guidance relating to Secondhand Dealer is contained in the Maplewood City Code, Chapter 14, Article XII, Division 3. All license holders are required to be familiar with the provisions of this chapter and with applicable Minnesota Statutes and federal regulations.


Apply for a License

Application for a Secondhand Dealer license has been transitioned to an online licensing system (Accela) and is available for access via the Citizen Access portal

The following document(s) may be required to be submitted with this application:

  • Surety Bond in the sum of $1,000 to the City of Maplewood
  • Each owner/partner/officer with >5% interest in the business and establishment manager must complete a supplemental application and undergo a background investigation. This application is also available through Accela under Secondhand Dealer Supplement Application. A background investigation consent form will also need to be emailed to

Guide to Using the Citizen Access Portal

Please use the reference guides below to assist you in registering for an account and applying for a license. If you need additional assistance please contact us at 651-249-2005.

Expiration / Renewal

License term runs July 1 though June 30, annually. Renewal must occur on or before date of expiration.


All license fees can be found on the city's fee schedule