In 2021, the Minnesota Legislature created the catalytic converter theft prevention pilot program (Minn. Stat. 325E.21 subd.2b). The intent of the program is to deter the theft of catalytic converters by marking them with unique identification numbers that permanently mark the catalytic converter.
Catalytic Converter Label Program
The Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) is participating in the Minnesota Commerce Fraud pilot program to prevent the theft of catalytic converters. Through the program, residents can receive labels to permanently mark their car's catalytic converter with a unique ID number. Instructions for individuals to etch their converters themselves are included with the kit.
Residents can also bring their labels to Golden Valley Tire and Service, which will use a solution to permanently etch the number into the converter. Golden Valley Tire and Service requires an appointment and an additional service (oil change, tire rotation, etc.) in conjunction with the application of the unique identification number. Golden Valley Tire and Service also has kits available should residents choose to have them register and apply the kit all at once in their shop. The Golden Valley Police Department cannot apply the numbers to the converters.
Once registered, the unique number allows law enforcement to trace a converter back to a specific vehicle if a converter were to be stolen and later recovered.
If you own one of the top 15 most targeted vehicles or if your catalytic converter has been (or attempted to have been) stolen, you can get a free catalytic converter marking label. Marking labels are in limited supply.
Top 15 Vehicles Targeted For Catalytic Converter Theft
Hyundai Santa Fe
To submit a request for a kit, fill out the form below or visit us in person at the Public Safety building. You will be notified by phone or email when your kit is available for pick-up.