Missouri Scrap Laws

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For three years, Missouri scrap dealers must keep records of purchases that include a copy of the seller's driver's license and video surveillance at the intake scales. Scrap metal recyclers cannot make payment by cash on purchases of $50 or more.  A tag-and-hold policy is in ef­fect for a minimum of 10 days.

All purchases over the amount of $150 must be made by check or money transfer. Missouri scrap dealers cannot make more than one purchase from any seller in one day.

No scrap metal business may purchase or receive beer kegs from anyone except a distributor or manufacturer of the beer kegs or licensed brewery.

The privacy of the customers must be protected and not disclosed to anyone other than law enforcement officials.

Scrap metal sellers are required to:

  • Sign a statement indicating that they area the owner of or authorized to sell the metal (must include the following statement: "By accepting payment from [insert name of scrap metal dealer], seller represents and warrants that the material documented by this receipt is owned by or was lawfully obtained and the seller has the legal right to sell the material to [insert name of scrap metal dealer].")
  • Sign a statement that they have not been convicted of metal theft.
  • Allow a copy of the seller's drivers license or state ID card.

Buyers are required to:

  • Keep electronic record of the sellers name, date of sale, and address.
  • Record license plate number and state of issue, vehicle description (make and type) used to transport scrap metal.
  • All sales tickets must have the location of sale, time, and date of the sale, as well as the initials of the clerk completing the sale.
    • Sales tickets must be signed by the seller. Seller receives a copy of the receipt and buyer will retain a copy.
    • Must include a description of the material and if the material is insulated.
    • Must also show the quantity, weight, and/or volume of the material.

NOTE:  Cities and counties may have additional ordinances that may not be listed here. Please refer to your local ordinances.

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