Secondary Metals Recycler Registration
This code section explains the following:
- Each secondary metals recycler shall obtain a permit from the local Sheriff's Office of each county they maintain a place of business (If individual, the person must register with the Sheriff of the county of the person's residence; if non-resident, the person must register with the Sheriff of the county where "primarily engages or intends to primarily engage in business.") NO MORE UNLICENSED OUT OF TOWN CORE BUYERS OR GYPSIES.
- Permit information will be entered into a statewide electronic database accessible by law enforcement and established through coordination with the Secretary of State.
- Permit form and information regarding compliance with the law, will be developed by the Secretary of State.
- Sheriff is authorized to assess permit fee of $200.00.
- Permit is good for 12 months.
- Unlawful to buy regulated metal property without required permit.
- Unlawful to sell metal property to a non-permitted recycler.
O.G.G.A. 10-1-360(a) It shall be unlawful for any secondary metals recycler to purchase regulated metal property in any amount without being registered pursuant to this Code Section. If the secondary metals recycler is a person other than an individual, such person shall register with the Sheriff of each county in which the secondary metals recycler maintains a place of business.
If the secondary metals recycler is an individual, he or she shall register with the Sheriff of the county in which he or she resides or if such individual is a nonresident of this state, he or she shall register with the Sheriff of the county in Georgia where he or she primarily engages or intends to primarily engage in business as a secondary metals recycler. The secondary metals recycler shall declare on a form promulgated by the Secretary of State and provided by the Sheriff that such secondary metals recycler is informed of and will comply with the provisions of this article. The forms and information required for such registration shall be promulgated by the Secretary of State. The Sheriff shall register the secondary metals recycler and shall keep a record of each registration. Each registration shall be valid for a 12 month period.
(b) The record of each registration shall be entered into an electronic database accessible statewide. Such database shall be established through coordination with the Secretary of State and shall be searchable by all law enforcement agencies in this state.
(c) The Sheriff shall be authorized to:
(1) Assess and require payment of a reasonable registration fee prior to registering a secondary metals recycler, not to exceed $200.00.
(2) Delegate to personnel in the Sheriffs' Office the registration of secondary metal recyclers and entering into the database of the records of such registrations; and
(3) Enter into contracts with the governing authority of a county, municipality, or consolidated government for such governing authority to provide for the registration of secondary metals recyclers and the entering into the databases of the records of such registrations by other law enforcement agencies or by staff of the governing authority. Any such contract shall provide for reimbursement to such governing authority for the registrations or entry of the records of such registrations into the database.
(d) Any secondary metals recycler convicted of violating this Code Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.