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 Department’s Region Two Annex, located at 2500 Decker Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29223. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. No appointment is needed. Office will be closed on county holidays. Permit will be valid for two years.
An application may be downloaded here, completed and brought with you to the Sheriff's Office along with the following one of the following: Valid Driver's License, state-issued ID or military ID. (Address on the form must be the same as on driver's license.)
In accordance with SC State Law, effective December 18, 2012, 48-hour permits will no longer be issued.
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 Richland County residents are issued only at the Sheriff's Department’s Region Two Annex, located at 2500 Decker Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29223.
• Permits are non-transferable - meaning it cannot be transferred between people.
No permit is required to recycle aluminum cans.