California Pawn & SecondhandDealer System (CAPSS)
Assembly Bill 391, enacted on August 17, 2012, mandates the Department of Justice (DOJ) develop and implement a single, statewide, uniform electronic reporting system. The system that is known as the California Pawn & SecondHand Dealer System (CAPSS) will be used by licensed secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers to report tangible personal property transactions as required by current law and it will serve as the single, statewide repository for this information. The CAPSS is funded entirely by secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers license fees and will be made available free of charge to authorized law enforcement agencies.
The CAPSS will replace the existing manual paper processes and is anticipated to create efficiencies as well as eventually reduce costs associated with postage and storage of thousands of paper copies.
Secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers will be required to enter information that is currently captured on the DOJ’s JUS 123 form into the CAPSS through a web interface.
Law enforcement personnel will be able to access information using the same system and will no longer have to rely on retrieving JUS-123 data from hard-copy forms. Additionally, a technical interface will be developed with the existing DOJ Automated Property System and specific features will be created in CAPSS to assist law enforcement agencies in their investigatory efforts related to the identification and location of stolen property.
Current law requires secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers to begin using the new system on and after the date the DOJ implements the new system. In addition, for the first-thirty (30) days after implementation, secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers must also continue to report transactions via the current paper method utilizing the JUS 123 form in addition to using the new system. The CAPSS is currently targeted for implementation in early 2014. As such, additional information regarding system readiness will be provided via this website to assist users in their preparedness efforts ahead of system implementation.