Precious Metals and Gems Dealer's License

The Code of Virginia requires that a dealer purchasing precious metals or gems from the public must obtain a permit.

All applicants must appear in person with a completed and notarized precious metal gems dealer application (PDF) and must present a valid photo I.D. with application at the Sheriff’s Office located at:
7522 County Complex Road
Hanover, VA 23069

To apply for an initial permit or renewal please:

Submit a check or money order made payable to the Treasurer, Hanover County in the amount of $200 (non-refundable) to the Hanover County Treasurer's Office and submit receipt with application.

Submit written evidence from local or state weights and measures officials approving all weighing devices used by the applicant.

Submit a copy of a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 or provide a letter of credit issued for the same amount.

Upon receipt of your application, a criminal background investigation will be completed in accordance with Virginia State Code. All applicants are required to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Applications and fingerprinting will only be received and/or conducted Monday through Friday (not including holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - As a precautionary measure to maintain the health and safety of all, the Sheriff’s Office has suspended fingerprinting for Precious Metals Permits. In a few weeks we will re-visit this matter. Look for future announcements on Facebook and If you have any questions about this, please contact us 804-365-6110. We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to normal operations as soon as possible.