TOPEKA, Kansas – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has issued the state’s first scrap metal dealers certificates in a move that aims to reduce the purchase of scrap metal that is illegally obtained.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release the Scrap Metal Theft Reduction Act which became law last July requires every scrap metal dealer in Kansas to obtain a registration certificate from the attorney general in order to legally purchase scrap metal.
Schmidt said so far, scrap metal dealers in nine locations have completed the registration process.
Later this year, the law requires the attorney general to implement a second part of the new law that will track registered dealers’ purchases of scrap metal.
The legislature’s purpose in enacting the law was to discourage the theft of copper and other metals by making it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen scrap metal without being caught.