2016 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 21 - Licenses
Chapter 409 - Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers
Section 21-42 - Documents and copies provided by pawnbroker. Payment requirements. Limitations on check cashing by pawnbroker.

Universal Citation: CT Gen Stat § 21-42 (2016)

(a) Each such pawnbroker shall, at the time of making any loan on a pawn or pledge of personal property or of purchasing such property on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price deliver to the person who deposits, pledges or sells such property a memorandum or note containing (1) the entry required to be made in such pawnbroker's computerized record-keeping system by the provisions of section 21-41, (2) a copy of the statement signed by the person who deposits, pledges or sells such property that represents and warrants that such property is not stolen and has no liens or encumbrances against it, and that such person is the rightful owner of such property and has the right to enter into the transaction, and (3) a copy of the statement signed by the person who deposits, pledges or sells such property that states such person will indemnify and hold harmless such pawnbroker for any loss arising from the transaction because of a superior right of possession to the property residing with a third person. Each such pawnbroker may charge the person who deposits, pledges or sells such property a fee for such memorandum or note, the processing and recording of the transaction, the storage of the property, any insurance for the property and any appraisal of the property. Each such pawnbroker shall pay for any property received by deposit, pledge or purchase only by check, draft or money order and shall not pay cash for any such property except when the pawnbroker cashes a check, draft or money order for the person who is depositing, pledging or selling the property. When the pawnbroker cashes a check, draft or money order, such pawnbroker shall require proof of the identity of the person presenting the check, draft or money order in accordance with subsection (a) of section 21-41.

(b) Each check, draft or money order used to pay for property received by a pawnbroker shall contain the number or numbers associated with such property in the record-keeping system maintained in accordance with section 21-41. Whenever payment is made by check, the pawnbroker shall retain the electronic copy of such check or other record issued by the financial institution that processed such check, and such copy or record shall be subject to inspection pursuant to section 21-41 as part of such record-keeping system. No pawnbroker shall cash any check, draft or money order issued by such pawnbroker in an amount in excess of one thousand dollars and no person shall structure any transaction or transactions to avoid this prohibition. Any transaction or transactions between a pawnbroker and the same party within a twenty-four-hour period shall be aggregated and considered a single transaction for the purposes of this subsection.

(1949 Rev., S. 4666; P.A. 97-164, S. 4; P.A. 11-100, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 97-164 made section applicable to a pawnbroker who purchases property on condition of selling the same back again at a stipulated price or purchases property from a person who is not a wholesaler, required the delivery of a memorandum or note to a person who sells property to a pawnbroker, replaced “book” with “record-keeping system”, deleted prohibition on a pawnbroker charging for making the entry in the book or delivering the memorandum or note, required a pawnbroker to pay by check, draft or money order for any property received and prohibited payment by cash except when the pawnbroker cashes a check, draft or money order, required the pawnbroker to receive proof of identity when cashing a check, draft or money order and added penalty provision of class A misdemeanor; P.A. 11-100 made conforming changes re definitions in Sec. 21-39a added by same act, designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and amended same to add provisions re additional statements to be signed by and a copy provided to the person depositing, pledging or selling property and delete penalty provision, and added Subsec. (b) re payment requirements and limitations on check cashing by pawnbroker.

Cited. 201 C. 89.

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