Secondary Metals Recyclers

Secondary Metals Recycler Registration

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity must register with the appropriate Sheriff’s Office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

Registration ProcessAnnually, the Office of Sheriff is required to register secondary metals recyclers doing business in the county, keep a record of each registration, and cause the registration information to be entered into a statewide data base searchable by all law enforcement agencies. The form, authorized by the Secretary of State, must be used for the registration process.

1. Each Sheriff’s Office must personalize the form in the designated areas.

2. No additional changes can be made to the official document.

3. Place the form on the Sheriff’s Office website for access by secondary metals recyclers.

4. The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to the appropriate Sheriff’s Office(s).

5. Obtain a copy of the driver’s license or other identification of the person submitting registration documents.

6. If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included with these instructions.

7. Inform the recycler that pursuant to HB872, the statutes that pertain to secondary metals recyclers are: O.C.G.A. 10-1-350 through O.C.G.A. 10-3-363, O.C.G.A. 40-3-36, and O.C.G.A. 40-3-56. The recycler must be familiar with these statutes. The recycler can visit the Georgia Recyclers Association website to review a summary of relevant laws. This information is on the registration form.

8. The Sheriff’s Office must complete page 3 of the registration form.

9. Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.

10. Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the Sheriff’s Office once all registration requirements are met.

11. The record of each registration will be entered into an electronic data base accessible statewide.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

Business (Corporation or Partnership)The recycler registering as a business must register with the Sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.

Individual (Sole Proprietor)An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.

Non-resident of GeorgiaA recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.


1. Secondary Metals Recycler Registration Form

2. Secure and Verifiable Document List

Frequently Asked Questions about Laws Related to Secondary Metals Recyclers:

1. O.C.G.A. 10-1-350

2. O.C.G.A. 10-1-351

3. O.C.G.A. 10-1-352

4. O.C.G.A. 10-1-353

5. O.C.G.A. 10-1-354

6. O.C.G.A. 10-1-355

7. O.C.G.A. 10-1-356

8. O.C.G.A. 10-1-357

9. O.C.G.A. 10-1-358

10. O.C.G.A. 10-1-359

11. O.C.G.A. 10-1-360

12. O.C.G.A. 10-1-361

13. O.C.G.A. 10-1-362

14. O.C.G.A. 10-1-363

15. The Georgia Recycler’s Association Website for Industry Information (

This section may help to clarify questions regarding the registration process.

1. Who is considered a secondary metals recycler?A secondary metals recycler is any person who purchases secondary metals property which has served its original purpose. Therefore, this applies to the “metal recyclers” who purchase secondary metals, as well as individuals/businesses who buy old vehicles, “scrap metal” from individuals/businesses, etc. See the definition of a secondary metals recycler. 
‘Secondary metals recycler’ means any person who is engaged, from a fixed location or otherwise, in the business in this state of paying compensation for regulated metal property that has served its original economic purpose, whether or not engaged in the business of performing the manufacturing process by which regulated metal property is converted into raw material products consisting of prepared grades and having an existing or potential economic value.

2. Does this include the individual who, a few times a year, buys scrap metal and takes it to the recycler to sell?Yes, according to the statute.

3. Where do I remit the $200 registration fee?The $200.00 registration fee is paid to the Sheriff’s Office, who will then send a portion to the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to pay the Secretary of State to offset the costs associated with setting up and maintaining the statewide database.

4. How will the information be entered into the state-wide database?The Georgia Sheriff’s Association will notify the Sheriff’s once the database is activated and prepared for data entry. Demographic information will be entered by each Sheriff’s Office into a web-based program.

5. What is the registration number on the bottom portion of the registration form?The registration number is created by the Sheriff’s Office for internal use only.

6. Are businesses required to post or have their registration paperwork on the premises?No. Remember, this is not a license or a permit; it is a registration process that collects data that is entered into a database as an investigative tool.