Secondhand Dealers & Employees


Secondhand dealer means any person or business engaged in whole or in part in the business of purchasing, selling, trading, or bartering secondhand personal property, including metal, junk, or melted metals; provided, that the term shall not apply to any person who:

  • Is an intermittent seller of personal property, an antique dealer, a consignment store owner, or a used book dealer
  • Is engaged in any activity which requires a license under Chapter 46.70 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), motor vehicle dealers; or Chapter 46.80 RCW, motor vehicle wreckers
  • Is engaged in the purchase and/or sale of bottles, cans, or paper solely as a part of the process of recycling such bottles, cans, or paper
  • Is engaged in the purchase and/or sale of junk metal as a part of the process of recycling such junk metal
  • Any person conducting a sale of secondhand personal property under any legal forfeiture, foreclosure, liquidation, or any repossession pursuant to the terms of any contract of sale or incidental to any legal action

Employee means all persons who work in or at or render any services directly related to the operation of a secondhand dealer business.


Any individual or business in unincorporated Snohomish County meeting the definition must obtain a secondhand dealer or a secondhand dealer employee license prior to operating or operating in a secondhand business. These licenses are annual licenses and must be renewed yearly. Applicants must appear with current photo identification and four color passport pictures, 2 inches by 2 inches, taken within the last six months.


Secondhand Dealer Business

Requirement Fee
Legal Advertisement $25
License Fee $250


Requirement Fee
Criminal Background Check (Per Applicant) $12
Fingerprint Fee $16
License Fee $100