JOHNSON HB 107WAUKEGAN – A new Illinois law adds stricter guidelines for catalytic converter sales to reduce thefts. The law was signed Friday with support from State Senator Adriane Johnson.

“Working people are suffering the most from catalytic converter thefts, and the reported crimes are rapidly increasing,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “This new law aims to impose stricter guidelines to prevent stolen car parts from being sold.”

The law, filed under House Bill 107, adds catalytic converters to the definition of recyclable metal which requires businesses to keep record of sales.

Under the new law, individuals seeking to sell a catalytic converter must provide the license plate number of the vehicle, a picture of themselves, a verified name and address, and a signed declaration stating the catalytic converter was not stolen.

In addition, the measure prohibits a recyclable metal dealer from purchasing a catalytic converter with a value $100 or more with cash.

The law is effective immediately.