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Permitting & Laws2018-07-02T14:56:03+00:00

The State of South Carolina has specific laws governing the sale of nonferrous metals.

To Recycle any nonferrous metal, you must have the following:

  • Valid SC Driver’s License, Valid Driver’s License from another state, Military ID or SC ID issued by the DMV

  • A scrap metal permit obtained from the sheriff’s office of the county in which the person resides or has a secondary address in or in which the entity is located or has a secondary business

How a scrap metal permit is issued:

  • ANY person or entity who wants to transport or sell nonferrous metals to a secondary metals recycler MUST obtain a permit to transport and sell nonferrous metals.  If an entity’e employee is completing the transport, it is not necessary for him to obtain a separate permit.  The employee must keep handy a copy of the entity’s permit for inspection.

  • A permit is to be obtained from the sheriff’s office of the county in which the person resides or has a secondary address in or in which the entity is located or has a secondary business.

  • Must present valid identification: Valid Driver’s License, Military ID or SC ID Issued by the DMV

  • If a person is not a resident of SC, a permit can be obtained at any county sheriff’s office in SC and meet the above criteria

  • A sheriff may investigate a person or entity’s background prior to issuing a permit.

  • A sheriff may not charge a fee for a permit to transport and sell nonferrous metals; however, a sheriff may charge a $10 replacement fee.

  • For a permit to be issued, a person may not have been convicted of a nonferrous metals violation

  • A permit is issued if a person meets the criteria above and complies with all permit provisions.  A permit expires on the person’s birthday on the 2nd calendar year after the calendar year in which the permit is issued, or if the permittee is an entity, on the date of the issuance on the 2nd calendar year after the calendar year in which the permit is issued.

  • A sheriff shall keep a record of all permits.  A permit may be denied, suspended or revoked at any time if the sheriff discovers application information discrepancies, if a person does not comply with permit requirements or if the person has been convicted of a nonferrous metal violation.

Exceptions to permit requirements:

  • Permit requirements do not apply to the purchase or sell of Aluminum Cans

  • Permit requirements do not apply to Government entities

  • Permit requirements do not apply to a manufacturing or industrial vendor that generates or sells regulated metals in the ordinary course of its business

  • Permit requirements do not apply to transactions between a secondary metals recycler and another secondary metals recycler

  • Permit requirements do not apply to holders of a retail license, authorized wholesalers, automobile demolishers, licensed contractors, licensed residential home builders, demolition contractors, gas service providers, electric service providers, communication service providers, water service providers, plumbing service providers, climate controlling service providers, core recycling service providers, appliance repair providers, automobile repair providers, electronics repair providers or organizations registered as charitable organizations or nonprofit corporation.

  • These exempted entities are still subject to the provisions that make it illegal to obtain a permit for the purpose of transporting or selling stolen nonferrous metals.

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KNOW THE RULES!

  • It is illegal to sell nonferrous metals without a valid scrap metal permit.
  • It is illegal to purchase or acquire nonferrous metals from a seller who does not have a valid permit to sell and transport.
  • One may not obtain a permit to transport or sell stolen nonferrous metals.
  • Felony penalties are fined at the discretion of the courts of imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.  All penalties automatically void any issued permits to the violator.

To read the full metal laws concerning damage to property when obtaining nonferrous metals and fines incurred, click here.