2018 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 21 - Licenses
Chapter 409 - Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers
Section 21-47e - Proof of identity required. Record-keeping requirements. Payment terms. Statement of transactions. Sale or disposition of property. Seizure of property by law enforcement officer. Restitution. Penalty.

Universal Citation: CT Gen Stat § 21-47e (2018)

(a) No secondhand dealer shall take, receive or purchase tangible personal property without receiving proof of the identity of the person selling the property if such person is not a wholesaler. Such identification shall include a photograph, an address, if available on the identification, and an identifying number, including, but not limited to, date of birth.

(b) Each secondhand dealer shall maintain a record-keeping system deemed appropriate by the licensing authority in which shall be entered in English, at the time the secondhand dealer purchases any article of personal property, a description of such article and the name, the residence address, the proof of identity as required by this section and a general description of the person from whom, and the date and hour when, such property was purchased and in which, if the property does not contain any identifiable numbers or markings, shall be included a digital photograph of such article. Each entry in such record-keeping system shall be numbered consecutively. A tag shall be attached to the article in a visible and convenient place with a number written on such tag corresponding to the entry number in the record-keeping system and shall remain attached to the article until the article is sold or otherwise disposed of, provided the licensing authority shall prescribe procedures authorizing the removal of such tags from articles. Such tag shall be visible in the digital photograph required by this subsection. Such record-keeping system and the place or places where such business is carried on and all articles of property therein may be examined at any time by any state police officer or municipal police officer. Any state police officer or municipal police officer who performs such an examination may require any employee on the premises to provide proof of such employee's identity. All records maintained pursuant to this section shall be retained by the secondhand dealer for not less than two years.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, the description of any property purchased by a secondhand dealer under this section shall include, but not be limited to, all distinguishing marks, names of any kind, including brand and model names, model and serial numbers, engravings, etchings, affiliation with any institution or organization, dates, initials, color, vintage or image represented. Any description of audio, video or electronic media of any kind shall also include the title and artist or other identifying information contained on the cover or external surface of such media.

(d) The licensing authority may provide for an exemption from the requirements of subsection (c) of this section, or establish additional or different requirements concerning the description of any property purchased by a secondhand dealer, upon consideration of the nature of the property, transaction or business, including, but not limited to, articles in bulk lots or articles of minimal value.

(e) (1) Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, each secondhand dealer shall pay for any property purchased only by check or money order and shall not pay cash for any such property. Any secondhand dealer who pays by check 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 in accordance with this section as part of the record-keeping system.

(2) No secondhand dealer shall pay or cash any instrument issued by him or her. The dealer shall indicate on each such instrument the number or numbers associated with such property in the record-keeping system required to be maintained pursuant to this section.

(f) Any secondhand dealer who was licensed in any city or town as a pawnbroker pursuant to section 21-40 on March 31, 2011, and who continues to hold such license, may pay for property received pursuant to a secondhand dealer license issued in accordance with section 21-47d in the manner authorized under section 21-42 until July 1, 2021, provided such secondhand dealer complies with all other provisions of this section relating to secondhand dealers.

(g) No secondhand dealer may purchase any personal property from a minor unless such minor is accompanied by such minor's parent or guardian.

(h) Each secondhand dealer shall submit to the licensing authority, weekly, or more frequently as determined by the licensing authority upon consideration of the volume and nature of the business, a sworn statement of his or her transactions, describing the property purchased and setting forth the nature and terms of the transaction and the name and residence address and a description of the person from whom the property was received. Such statement shall be in an electronic format prescribed by the licensing authority. The licensing authority may grant exemptions from the requirement of submitting such statements in an electronic format for good cause shown.

(i) No secondhand dealer shall sell or dispose of any personal property acquired in any transaction in the course of business in less than ten days after the date of its receipt. Upon the sale or disposition of such property, such dealer shall, if such property is not sold at retail at the place of business of such dealer, include a record of such sale or disposition in the record-keeping system required by this section.

(j) Whenever property is seized from the place of business of a secondhand dealer by a law enforcement officer, such officer shall give such secondhand dealer a duly signed receipt for the property containing a case number, a description of the property, the reason for the seizure, the name and address of the officer, the name and address of the person claiming a right to the property prior to the secondhand dealer and the name of the secondhand dealer. If the secondhand dealer claims an ownership interest in such property, such secondhand dealer may request the return of such property by filing a request for such property with the law enforcement agency in accordance with the provisions of section 54-36a. If the seller of any property purchased by a secondhand dealer is convicted of any offense arising out of such secondhand dealer's acquisition of the property and the secondhand dealer suffered an economic loss as a result of such offense, the court may, at the time of sentencing, order restitution to the secondhand dealer pursuant to subsection (c) of section 53a-28, which order may be enforced in accordance with section 53a-28a.

(k) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

(P.A. 11-100, S. 11; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2, S. 93.)

History: June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2 made a technical change in Subsec. (b).

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