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Ohio's Scrap Metal Law

O.R.C. Chapter 4737 | Secondhand Dealers; Junk Yards

  • Every scrap metal and bulk merchandise container dealer must be registered with the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, which will maintain an online registry. Failure to register is a Felony of the 5th degree, O.R.C. 4737.04(B) (1).
  • No person shall receive, purchase, or sell a special purchase article or a bulk merchandise container except as in accordance with O.R.C 4737.012 and 4737.04 to 4737.045. First offense violations are a Felony of the 5th degree, O.R.C. 4737.04 (B) (3).
  • No person shall knowingly obtain or exert control over a special purchase article or bulk merchandise container without the owner’s consent, beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner, or by deception, threat or intimidation. First offense violations are a Felony of the 5th degree, O.R.C. 4737.04 (B) (2).
  • Scrap metal/bulk merchandise container dealers are required to report transactions through an electronic transaction reporting system maintained by the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, O.R.C. 4737.045(E).


Technical Specifications


Scrap Metal: Guide to Legal Transactions

Law Enforcement Access to the Registry & Transaction Database

In addition to the Scrap Metal Dealer Registry, Ohio Homeland Security maintains a “Do Not Buy From” list for use by law enforcement and can provide analytic support. Access is available at no cost through the Contact and Information Management System (CIMS).

CIMS Accounts

Through CIMS, Ohio Homeland Security also shares alerts, bulletins, trainings, and notifications to ensure important information reaches local authorities quickly.

To obtain a CIMS account:

  1. Go to the CIMS Login Page
  2. Click on “Don’t Have a CIMS Account?”
  3. Follow instructions to submit CIMS application

Scrap Metal Definitions

  • “Scrap metal dealer” means the owner or operator of a business that purchases or receives scrap metal for the purpose of sorting, grading, and shipping metals to third parties for direct or indirect melting into new products.
  • “Bulk merchandise container dealer” means one who engages in the business of purchasing, reselling, exchanging, recycling, shredding, or receiving bulk merchandise containers.
  • “Bulk merchandise container” means a plastic or wooden carrier or holder used by a manufacturer or distributor to transport merchandise to wholesale and retail outlets.
Examples of “special purchase articles”

Beer kegs; cable or wire used in providing utility service; metal markers and sculptures obtained from a cemetery or historical and commemorative markers; guard rails, road signs, light fixtures or signals, and manhole covers; grocery carts; commercial metal carts trays or containers used to transport or merchandise food products; railroad material, including spikes, rails, and ties; any metal that has been smelted, burned, or melted. For complete list of special purchase articles, refer to O.R.C. 4737.04.

Scrap Metal Dealers
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For More Information

Scrap Metal Hotline: (855) 377-0193

Email: scrapmetal@dps.ohio.gov

Ohio Scrap Metal Program Info Card (HLS 0207)

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