ISRI State Metals Theft Law Database

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Danielle Waterfield
Director, Government Relations
(202) 662-8516


Justin Short
Legislative Analyst
(202) 662-8522

All 50 state legislatures have passed laws intended to combat the growth in metals theft over recent years. These laws impose varying requirements on purchasers, sellers, law enforcement, and other parties, with little uniformity between the states. In addition, states are frequently amending their laws to better address the problems they face.

All of these changes makes it increasingly challenging for citizens, law enforcement, lawmakers, and recyclers to stay on top of current requirements. This database is a public resource to help understand the laws by allowing visitors to view and download pre-made or custom reports on the provisions and states that interest them.

Please pay careful attention to the Materials Covered and Exemptions for each state! States may define the same term (such as "regulated metal") to cover entirely different types of metals or transactions and give varied exemptions for particular materials and entities. ISRI has attempted to present the definitions and materials covered as clearly as possible; unfortunately, this means that we've occasionally had to edit the definitions from how they are presented in the state law.

You can also download a Compilation of ISRI's State Metal Theft Law Summaries (last updated August 18, 2017 with amendments in AZ, DE, KS, KY, LA, MD, OK, PA, TN, and TX, and an update for Hawaii); please note that this is a 9 MB PDF and may take some time to download.

Commonly Requested Metals Theft Law Reports

These reports allow you to quickly compare key provisions of laws between states. Just select the report you'd like to view, check the states that you'd like to compare, and select whether you'd like to view the report in your web browser or download it as a spreadsheet or PDF.

Custom Metals Theft Law Reports

Want to compare several provisions at once, or can't find the provisions you're interested in with the Commonly Requested Reports? Use the Custom Reports to select any number of provisions and states, up to and including the entire ISRI State Metal Theft Law Database. You can then view the report in your web browser or download it as a spreadsheet.

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