Secondhand Dealers / Resale Business

Overview, preparation and instructions to apply for a Secondhand Dealers / Resale Business


Your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL). Use the links below to download a GBL application and/or access information about the GBL. 

(Graduated Business License Information and Fee Schedule), (Graduated Business License Application)


If you are not sure if your business requires a Graduated Business License (GBL), please click the link "Business License Application", where you will find more information about licensing and a list of business types. Once you are there, click on the business type that describes the type of business you plan to do in the City of St. Louis.

If you still have questions about your business type, please contact our office at 314-622-4528 to find out the appropriate steps that you will need to follow to obtain a business license for the City of St. Louis.


Step 1

You must register with the State of Missouri for a State Sales Tax Number.   Please obtain this number before visiting City Hall.

Missouri Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3300
Jefferson City, MO 65105
(573) 751-3505  

Or apply online at:

Step 2

Visit the License Collector’s office in Room 104 of City Hall. For your convenience, you may fill out the Graduated Business License form in advance. You can download it here.

Step 3

In addition to visiting the License Collector’s office, you will also need to obtain a clearance from the Collector of Revenue’s office at the location below:

City Hall Room 410
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-3291

St. Louis City Ordinance 63454
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.010 - Statement of Clearance - Required

Step 4

You must also obtain an Occupancy Permit from the Building Division at the location below:

Building Division
Department of Public Safety
City Hall Room 425
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-3313

Step 5

After filing with this office, your application is sent to the St. Louis Police Department for approval. The police department will contact you. Upon renewal of your Graduated Business License each year, your application will be sent for approval from the St. Louis Police Department.

What to Expect

 Once all clearances and payments are received, you will be able to obtain your license to do business in the City of St. Louis.

Additional Information

 If you pay by check, the license application may be held for several working days until the check clears.

A separate Graduated Business License is required for each business location or trade name.

St. Louis City Ordinance 52030
St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.02.040

Please visit our general information page to get more important information that you will need to know before obtaining your business license. You can get there by clicking the link: "Business License Information".

For more information about the License Collector's Office other resources and services, please visit our office home page by clicking on the link "License Collector" below. Once you are there, you will find a list of links to the various other resources and services provided by our office. Those links can be found to the right of the home page under the section titled "Related information".

Link: License Collector



All secondhand dealers are required to fill out and maintain a record of their purchases from sellers on a "Secondhand Dealer Purchase Form".

NOTE: Some specific item purchases must be entered into the Law Enforcement Agency Data System ("LEADS"). Such items consist of but may not be limited to jewelry of any kind or description, or items made in whole or part of gold, silver or precious metals or gemstones including bullion or coins. Other items include but may not be limited to cellular phones, and other electronic communication devices. LEADS is an online reporting system accessible at

You can download LEADS registration instructions HERE.

For any further questions about LEADS or the Secondhand Dealer Purchase Form, please contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

In addition, review St. Louis City Ordinance 69332 and its amendments to other city ordinances codified in the St. Louis City Revised Code, Chapter 8.82.010 through 8.82.135, regarding Secondhand Dealers. Your review of this information is critical in making sure your business is in compliance with St. Louis City law.

St. Louis City Ordinance 69332

St. Louis City Revised Code, Chapter 8.82.010 through 8.82.135



Office of the License Collector

(314) 622-4528

1200 Market Street, City Hall, Room 102-104
St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact the Office of the License Collector

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