ISRI Metal Theft Laws - Statement or Proof of Ownership

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State Database

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Danielle Waterfield
Director, Government Relations
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Justin Short
Legislative Analyst
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Many states require a seller to sign a statement that they own or have the right to sell metal before a recycler can purchase it; additionally, some states require some form of documentation or proof of ownership for certain transactions. 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 Recordkeeping category:

What Is Included In This Report

  • Statement of Right to Sell
  • Documentation / Proof of Right to Sell

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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