ISRI Metal Theft Laws - Exemption Provisions

State metals theft laws are rarely one-size-fits-all and commonly contain particular exemptions in recognition of the fact that thousands of legitimate transactions occur daily with little risk of involving stolen material. Exemptions vary from state to state and can apply to materials, transaction types, and/or certain sellers and purchasers of scrap metal. To learn more about a state law exemption, 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 Exemptions from the Materials and Entities category.

Some terms used in this report may be defined in the Materials Covered, Types of Recyclers, or Types of Sellers provisions. If you are uncertain of the meaning of a term you can check these provisions with a Custom Report, view the statute using the Reference Web Links provision, or contact ISRI for more information.

What Is Included In This Report

  • Exemptions: Lists exemptions to particular restrictions or requirements of a state metals theft law

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
Manager, Gov't Relations
(202) 662-8508

Abby Blocker
VP of State & Local Government Affairs
(202) 662-8511