A new catalytic spectrophotometic method for the determination of trace chromium (VI) is reported in this paper. The method is based on the catalytic action of chromium (VI) on the oxidative coupling of p-Amino-N,N-dimethylaniline dihydrochloride and 1-Amino-8-naphthol-3,6-disulfonic acid to form a colored dye (lambda max = 516 nm) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The mechanism of the reaction was discussed and its optimum conditions were established. The linear range of this method was 0.08-0.40 mg.L-1 and the relative standard deviation was found to be 1.1% for Cr(VI) (11 replicates). The detection limit for Cr(VI) is 2.0 x 10(-6) g.L-1. The method was used to determine Cr(VI) in waste water successfully.