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ISRI Metal Theft Laws - Max Cash and Payment Requirements

There are numerous variations of payment restrictions among the 50 states regarding metals transactions. Not all states have payment restrictions, permitting the seller and buyer to determine their preferred method of payments as long as the appropriate records of the transaction are maintained. Other states place restrictions payment ranging from no cash for any metals to restrictions only covering certain materials or sellers. This report includes information on any payment delays required by statute. To build a report, just select the states you'd like to review from the list below. This information can also be included in a Custom Report by selecting the following from the General category:

What Is Included In This Report

  • Max Cash Threshold
  • Payment Methods

This report can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF or as a CSV file (Excel or other database).


Please Note: This database is not intended to serve as legal advice; please consult an attorney or legal advisor regarding the application of the laws and any regulations to specific situations you may encounter. This database does not cover vehicle detitling/dismantling laws, scrap yard / junk yard zoning and screening requirements, laws on the purchase and processing of precious metals and jewelry, such as gold, silver, and platinum, or secondhand materials laws.


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Justin Short
Legislative Analyst
JShort@isri.org
(202) 662-8508