North Carolina Scrap Laws

According to North Carolina scrap laws, dealers and recyclers must maintain a record of all transactions, including a copy of the seller's driver's license.  Transactions must be paid by nontransferable check or money transfer to the seller's home address. It is unlawfulto purchase catalytic converters unless they are part of the entire automobile.

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Compliance for Scrap, Recycling and Second Hand Dealers

North Carolina State Law Requires

  • Payment by check for any purchase of $100.oo or more.
  • Fingerprints when buying catalytic converters and/or air conditioning evaporators and condensers.
  • Retain copy of the drivers license
  • Tag and hold policies in effect
  • Record customer's license plate number and vehicle description
  • Report vehicle information to NMVTIS

North Carolina State Law Forbids The Buying Of:

  1. Any regulated metal marked with the initials or other identification of a telephone, cable, electric, water, or other public utility, or any brewer.

  2. Any utility access cover.

  3. Any street light pole or fixture.

  4. Any road or bridge guard rail.

  5. Any highway or street sign.

  6. Any water meter cover.

  7. Any metal beer keg, including any made of stainless steel that is clearly marked as being property of the beer manufacturer.

  8. Any traffic directional or control sign.

  9. Any traffic light signal.

  10. Any regulated metal marked with the name of a government entity.

  11. Any property owned by a railroad and marked and otherwise identified as such.

  12. Any historical marker or any grave marker or burial vase.

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

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