Do I Need Identification?




December 20, 2019


Due to state law, most pawn shops will ask you to provide some form of identification when you wish to get a loan or sell an item. This is because pawn shops are required to follow policies and procedures regarding transactions and reporting processes in compliance with the law. Different states have different requirements when providing identification, so it's important to check the laws for your area.

When Do I Need To Show Identification?

Pawn shops will ask for some form of identification in the event you . . .

  • Purchase an item
  • Sell an item to a pawn shop
  • Seek to get a loan

Types of Accepted Identification for Utah Pawn Shops

According to the Pawnshop and Secondhand Merchandise Transaction Information Act, "Identification" refers to a valid U.S. federal or state-issued photo personal identification including a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S. military personnel identification, or a drivers license. (Source: Utah Code). Please note that this is in regulation with the state of Utah, different states may have different requirements.

When visiting a pawn shop, it's always a good idea to have your ID on hand when picking something up, selling an item, buying something, or getting a loan. If you are unsure what qualifies as identification, calling your local pawn shop can help you know what they require.

Sportsman's Pawn in Murray: 4081 State Street Murray, UT 84107. Phone: 801-281-0073

Sportsman's Pawn in West Valley: 3930 S Redwood Rd. West Valley, UT 84123. Phone: 801-924-1228

Why is Identification Required?

Providing identification to your local pawn shop helps protect you and the pawnbroker. ID is proof that you are the individual completing the transaction.


Sportsmans Pawn Utah

Unlike other pawn shops, we accept large collateral such as cars or heavy machinery and store them for you.

Sportsman’s Pawn is fully insured for the loan value of the collateral we keep. We buy and sell a variety of items including Gold & JewelryGuns & Ammo, Sporting Goods, Instruments, Electronics, Movies & Games, and more!

Looking to get some fast cash? Bring in almost anything of value and we can establish the item’s worth to determine how much to loan you.


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