Case Note 210634 [2009] NZPrivCmr 19: Date of birth displayed on secondhand dealers’ licences

A man complained to us that Secondhand Dealers’ licences contain the holder’s date of birth. These licences must be displayed to the public. The man was concerned that publicly displaying the date of birth could create a risk of identity theft, and also that a date of birth is a personal matter.We raised the issue with the Ministry of Justice. Section 8 of the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004 (‘the Act’) provides that an application for a Secondhand Dealer’s Licence must include: an applicant’s full name; residential address; and date of birth. Section 36 of the Act sets out that every licence holder must ensure that a certified copy of their licence is displayed in their place of business. The Act does not require that a date of birth has to be included on the licence issued to a secondhand dealer.

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