State Police Headquarters Modified Services/Hours
  • Announcement for New Pistol Permit Applicants Only - 5/26/2021
  • Effective June 15, 2020, DESPP-HQ Fingerprint Identification Unit will re-open for in person fingerprinting requestsby appointment only. - 6/5/2020
  • Effective June 15, 2020, DESPP-HQ Reports and Records will re-open for in person requestsby appointment only. For information or to schedule your appointment please click HERE - 6/5/2020
  • At this time, pistol permit renewals will continue to be done by mail only.
  • Fingerprinting Limitations and License Expiration/Renewal extensions; view documentHERE- 4/30/2020
  • Suspension of requirements for unarmed security guards from other states; view documentHERE- 4/30/2020
  • Still regular business hours for Sex Offender Registry and Deadly Weapons Offender Registry- 4/30/2020
  • No service for guard cards (see Governor Lamont’s Executive Order changes to licensing requirements HERE )- 4/30/2020
  • Individuals will be asked to wait outside until called into the building- 4/30/2020

Pawn - Second Hand - Precious Metal Dealers

Section 21-39 and on takes effect October 1, 2011 and places new requirements on Pawnbrokers, and Precious Metals or Stones Dealers. The public act also requires the licensing of a new category of dealers, Secondhand Dealers. Under the public act, the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is designated as the licensing authority for towns under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut State Police. Dealers in towns or cities with an organized police department are required to obtain their licenses from that police department.

Pawnbrokers, Precious Metals and Stones Dealers and the new licensing category of Secondhand Dealers are required to apply to DESPP through the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at DESPP Headquarters in Middletown. All the forms, instructions and contact information necessary for these applications are available online.

There are a variety of new reporting requirements including the electronic reporting of transactions for certain dealers. Secondhand Dealers are defined in the public act as dealers that are primarily engaged in the business of purchasing personal property of any type from a person who is not a wholesaler, for the purpose of reselling or exchanging the property. The public act lists a number of exceptions to the Secondhand Dealer definition such as antique dealers, coin and stamp dealers and consignment shops. Dealers should review the public act at the link below and then call the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit if they have any questions.   

Pawnbrokers and Precious Metals and Stones Dealers that are currently licensed by a town under the jurisdiction of State Police can continue to operate under that license however they are required to comply with the requirements of the public act, including the requirement to apply for a renewal of their license 60 days before the expiration of their existing license.



Last Date Modified: 10/16/2018