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How to get your license: Scrap metal suppliers

Who needs a license?

  • You must have a scrap metal supplier license if you:
    • Are in the business of buying or receiving non-vehicle scrap metal so you can sell it to processors or recyclers.
    • and
    • Don't have a fixed business location.
  • Vehicles used to conduct business must have scrap metal business license plates.

This license doesn't allow handling scrap metal from titled or registered vehicles. If you process scrap metal from vehicles, you'll need a vehicle motor vehicle salvage processor license instead.

How to apply

  1. Complete a Scrap Metal License Addendum
  2. Complete all the following forms:
  3. Mail your approved license addendum, completed forms, and a check or money order for the license and plate 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.

Expiration dates

  • Licenses are valid for 1 year. Your scrap metal supplier license will expire the same day as your business license. We may need to adjust your initial license fees so the expiration date on your license matches the dates on your other business licenses.
  • Special license plates issued to your business expire on the same date as your business license.

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