Catalytic Converters

714.27A: Used catalytic converter transactions (excerpt)

2.a. A person shall not sell a catalytic converter in this state unless the person provides to the purchaser, at or before the time of sale, the person’s name, address, and place of business, if any, and presents to the purchaser a valid driver’s license or nonoperator’s identification card, military identification card, passport, or other government-issued photo identification.

  1. For a business transaction in which the person selling the catalytic converter operates a business at a fixed location in this state, the person shall provide to the purchaser a copy of the person’s valid sales tax permit issued pursuant to chapter 423. For a business transaction in which the person selling the catalytic converter operates a business at a fixed location in another state and is authorized to conduct a business transaction in this state, the person shall provide to the purchaser a copy of the person’s valid sales tax permit issued pursuant to chapter 423, if the person has such a permit, or a copy of the person’s valid business license or permit from the other state. If a person is unable to provide the documentation required in this paragraph, the person shall instead comply with paragraph “c”.
  2. For transactions other than business transactions, the person selling the catalytic converter shall provide to the purchaser an original receipt or invoice for a replacement catalytic converter purchased fewer than thirty days before the person sells the replaced catalytic converter, or a junking certificate for a vehicle that was issued fewer than thirty days before the person sells the catalytic converter.

(1) The receipt, invoice, or junking certificate presented by the person to the purchaser must be unmarked by a purchaser pursuant to subsection 3.

(2) This paragraph does not apply to a transaction if the person presents proof, unmarked pursuant to subsection 3, to the purchaser that the sale is approved by the sheriff of the county in which the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed is registered.

It shall be the policy of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office that we must see the complete vehicle prior to the removal of the catalytic converter and that the vehicle must be registered in Plymouth County at the time of the request for us to issue a Sheriff’s letter of approval.

See link below for the complete code section of Iowa 714.27A.

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