A new law designed to reduce copper thefts is now being enforced across South Carolina. The scrap metal law requires a permit from a local sheriff's office for people who want to sell copper and other metals.
Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill in June. It does not apply to business owners or licensed contractors, but does affect everyone else.
There are three types of permits. The first is for casual sellers who sell less than twice a year. They can get a 48-hour permit from their sheriff's office. Those who sell metals on a more frequent basis can get a one year permit. They require photo ID and vehicle registration. Purchasers, like salvage yards or individuals, have to get a two-year permit, which costs $200.
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