Iowa’s scrap metal bill becomes law

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Anyone selling scrap metal in Iowa is now required to provide their name, address and valid identification to complete the transaction.

Governor Branstad signed House file 2399 into law Thursday, April 19, 2012.   The law is targeted at closing loopholes that might permit the sale of scrap metal obtained illegally.

The new law prohibits scrap metal dealers from buying from anyone who doesn’t provide the required information.

Dealers are now required to keep a log of each transaction, including the identities of each person from whom they buy scrap metal.   Those records must be retained for at least two years.

In addition to the new identification requirements, most scrap metal transactions totaling $50 or more must be paid by check or electronic funds and not by cash.

The new law also strengthens potential penalties for violations of the law.  Violators could face fines of $100 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense.

Read the full text of the law at this link: