How to get your license: Motor vehicle scrap processor

Who needs a license?

You must have a motor vehicle scrap processor license if your business maintains a hydraulic baler and shears or shredder to recycle salvage from wrecked titled or registered vehicles. Each business location must be registered separately.

If you buy and sell nonferrous metal, commercial metal, or private metal property, you’ll also need a scrap metal recycler license.

License plate requirements

Inspection requirements:

  • Contact the Washington State Patrol (or the local Chief of Police if you are located in a city with more than 5,000 people) for an inspection of your business site before submitting your application. The inspecting official must sign the certification in section G of the Transport/Disposal Addendum found below.
  • Each vehicle used to conduct business must have a Motor Vehicle Scrap Processor license plate.
  • Each location must maintain separate license plates for vehicles used at that site.

Zoning Requirements

You can find guidance regarding zoning requirements in these publications from the Department of Ecology:

Forms you’ll need from the Department of Revenue

Forms you’ll need from the Department of Ecology

How to apply for a license

Mail all your completed application material with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Revenue) to:

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.

Use our Salvage Processor/Motor Vehicle Wrecker Checklist and Salvage Processor/Motor Vehicle Wrecker Flow Chart to make sure you’ve included everything in your application.

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