South Carolina state law now requires that anyone wanting to transport, buy or sell “nonferrous metals” (metals not containing significant quantities of iron or steel, including copper wire, copper clad steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, copper sheeting, aluminum, a product that is a mixture of aluminum and copper, catalytic converters, and stainless steel beer kegs or containers) must have a permit to do so. This permit is free of charge and must be issued by your local Sheriff's Office in the County that you reside. The permit is valid statewide and expires on the person's birthday of the 2nd calendar year after the permit was issued. The permit must be in your possession while transporting and/or selling "nonferrous metals".
To obtain a scrap metal/copper permit, please have the following ready:
For renewals, bring in old Permit and Driver's License, South Carolina Identification Card or Military Identification Card. If the vehicle has changed, bring in new vehicle registration card for the vehicle you will be operating when transporting or buying the metals.
Permits will be issued from Mondays to Fridays 9:00 AM – 12 noon & 1 PM to 4:00 PM.
Please Note: If your form is not validated by the Sheriff's Office, you WILL NOT be able to transport, buy or sell metals. (Please report a lost or stolen permit.)COPPER PERMIT APPLICATION
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