state law requires that anyone wanting to transport, buy or sell
“nonferrous metals” (metals not containing significant
quantities of iron or steel, including copper wire, cooper clad
steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, copper sheeting, aluminum,
product that is a mixture of aluminum and copper, catalytic
converters, and stainless steel beer kegs or containers) must
permit. This permit is free of charge and must be issued
your local Sheriff's Office in the County that you reside. The
permit is valid statewide and expires on the person's
on the 2nd calendar year after the permit was issued. The permit
must be in your possession while transporting and/or
selling "nonferrous metals."
Listed below are the requirements for obtaining a permit:
Complete the permit form in black ink to submit to the Sheriff's
Office along with the following:
(Click here to download copy of
Do not fold or bend the document
- Driver’s License (original), South Carolina Identification
Card (original) or Military Identification Card.
- Original registration card for the vehicle you will be
when transporting or buying the metals
For Renewals, bring in old permit and Driver's License,
Carolina Identification Card or Military Identification
If vehicle has changed, bring in new vehicle registration card
the vehicle you will be operating when transporting or buying
Permit must be validated by the
Sheriff's Office, otherwise you WILL NOT be able to transport,
or sell metals.
Report a lost or stolen permit to local law enforcement.