WA State Licensing: Scrap metal business

Scrap Metal Business

A Scrap Metal endorsement is required if your business deals in scrap metal as a:

  • Scrap metal processor: You process scrap metal at a fixed location.
  • Scrap metal recycler: You have a fixed business location where you collect scrap metal for sale to other businesses.
  • Scrap metal supplier: You don't have a fixed business location and collect scrap metal for sale to a recycler or processor.

Note: These licenses do not allow handling scrap metal from titled motor vehicles. If your business handles motor vehicle scrap please see the information on the Vehicle Transport and Disposal page.

License plate requirements

You will need a scrap metal license plate for each vehicle used to conduct business.

Post your license
A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required endorsement(s).

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:

  • Online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

    1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don’t have a user ID or aren’t sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Once logged in, add My DOR to your list of services, then open My DOR.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

      If you have an existing business

      1. If you haven’t already, add access to your business. You’ll need a UBI number and letter ID.
      2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
      3. Click Add License Endorsements/Employees.
  • You can pay using an E–check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).

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    By mail

    1. Complete the following:
    2. Mail your completed forms with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

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


    Specialty endorsement Fee
    Scrap Metal Processor License $1,250
    First Scrap Metal Processor license plate $5 each
    Additional Scrap Metal Processor license plates $2 each
    Scrap Metal Recycler fees Fee
    Scrap Metal Recycler License $1,250
    First Scrap Metal Recycler license plate $5 each
    Additional Scrap Metal Recycler license plates $2 each
    Scrap Metal Supplier fees Fee
    Scrap Metal Supplier License $350
    First Scrap Metal Supplier license plate $5 each
    Additional Scrap Metal Supplier license plates $2 each
    Other fees that may apply Fee
    Registering your business name as a trade name $5
    Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

    Regulatory questions

    Department of Licensing
    Dealers Division
    Phone: 360-664-6466