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Non-Ferrous Metals

REVISED: 09-09-2017

Nonferrous Metal Permits:

S. C. State Law (16-11-523) requires an individual to have a permit in order to transport or sell any amount of nonferrous metal.  Nonferrous metals are metals not containing significant quantities of iron or steel.  They include copper wire, copper clad steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, copper sheeting and aluminum; a product that is a mixture of aluminum and copper; catalytic converters; and stainless steel beer kegs or containers.

To obtain a permit, free of charge, appear in person at the Sheriff's Office located at 4900 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC 29617.  Permits will be issued Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.   Office will be closed on county holidays.  Permit will be valid for two years.  The following must be presented at time of application: Valid South Carolina Driver's License or South Carolina state-issued ID or military ID, along with a valid vehicle registration.

To replace a lost or destroyed permit ($10 fee), appear in person at the Sheriff's Office located at 4900 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The individual must present their valid South Carolina Driver's License or South Carolina state-issued ID.  A $10.00 fee will be required - cash only.

Please note the following regarding Nonferrous Metal Permits

  • Permits are issued by the Sheriff's Office in the county in which the individual resides.
  • Permits for Greenville County residents are issued only at the Sheriff's Office Northern Area Command located at 4900 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29617
  • Permits are non-transferrable - meaning it cannot be transferred between people.
  • No permit is required to recycle aluminum cans.

In accordance with SC State Law, effective December 18, 2012, 48-hour permits will no longer be issued.