New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

November 25, 2013
New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

New licensing requirements starting for scrap metal businesses

Scrap metal businesses in Washington will need to be licensed with the Department of Licensing beginning January 2014. However, businesses will not be able to apply for these licenses until January 2nd when the license applications are available.

The Department will reach out to law enforcement agencies to make sure they are aware of this delay, and are not citing businesses for unlicensed activity.

Even though licenses will not be immediately available, the remainder of the new laws and rules regarding scrap metal must be complied with.

The Legislature passed House Bill 1552 last session, with the intent of reducing scrap metal theft by requiring the licensing of scrap metal businesses, and establishing new requirements for scrap metal transactions and record keeping.

DOL will have the applications available sometime on January 2, 2014, so please check our website regularly for updates. If you have a question about who needs a license, the licensing process, or any other questions regarding the licensing of scrap metal business, please see our website at: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/scrapmetal/.


FAST FACT: DOL also regulates more than 30 professions

August 15, 2011
courtesy: Seattle Times/ NW Jobs
Tatoo artist Hanz Zarate of Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor in Seattle. (Seattle Times photo by Michelle Archer)

While most everyone knows we issue driver licenses, ID cards and vehicle tabs, an often overlooked area of the Department of Licensing’s responsibilities is business and professional licensing.  We regulate 34 professions that represent more than 264,000 active licensees. 

A recent  Seattle Times article provides a great overview of our programs.


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