South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 56-5-5670, provides that a demolisher or secondary metals recycler (SMR) may not dispose of a vehicle without receiving a valid certificate of title, a valid magistrate order of sale, or a valid sheriff’s disposal authority certificate. The law also details the circumstances in which a vehicle may be disposed of by a demolisher or SMR when a certificate of title, magistrate’s order of sale, or sheriff’s disposal authority certificate is not available. The law further provides that is the responsibility of the demolisher and/or SMR to check with the SCDMV if the vehicle has been reported stolen before disposing of a vehicle that does not have a valid certificate of title, magistrate’s order of sale, or sheriff’s disposal authority.
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Demolisher/Secondary Metals Recycler Stolen Vehicle Check allows authorized user members to perform VIN checks on vehicles which were sold through an affidavit to verify whether the vehicles have been reported stolen.
For any questions or concerns please send an email to SCDemolisher@scdmv.net.
Demolishers and/or SMRs interested in becoming members must sign and submit to the DMV the Department’s Stolen Vehicle Inquiry and Web Screens Access Contract to establish and account. In addition, demolishers and SMRs must complete and sign the Application for On-Line Access to obtain User ID and password.
The links below provide access to the application and contract that must be completed, signed and returned to the DMV for review and approval. The SCDMV will assign a user ID and password to the business administrator. Authorized agents will have Internet based online access to the NMVTIS stolen vehicle data for inquiry purposes only.
You may scan the completed documents and email a PDF document to SCDemolisher@scdmv.net or mail them to:
SC Department of Motor Vehicles
Attention Sofia Rivera-Lopez
P.O. Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0038
SCDMV Web Member Services Application for On-Line Access for Demolishers and Secondary Metals Recyclers
SCDMV Stolen Vehicle Inquiry and Web Screens Access Contract
The Demolisher and Secondary Metals Recycler (SMR) Member Services Vehicle Inquiry User Guide provides information on the inquiry process.
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The requirements for a demolisher or secondary metals recycler are included in SC Code of Laws Section 56-5-5670.
This portion of the law applies to the Sheriff Disposal Authority Certificate:
D)(1) A person or entity may dispose of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler with a valid sheriff's disposal authority certificate in lieu of a title certificate, if the vehicle is abandoned upon the person or entity's property or into the person or entity's possession and the vehicle does not meet the requirements of subsection (E)(1). The person or entity shall provide the sheriff's disposal authority certificate to the demolisher or secondary metals recycler.
(2) The person or entity shall apply to the sheriff of the jurisdiction in which the vehicle is located for a disposal authority certificate to dispose of the vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler. The application must provide, at a minimum, the person or entity's name and address, the year, make, model, and identification number of the vehicle, if ascertainable, along with any other identifying features, and must contain a concise statement of the facts surrounding the abandonment. The person or entity shall execute an affidavit stating that the facts alleged are true and that no material fact has been withheld. If the sheriff determines that the application is executed in proper form, and the application demonstrates that the vehicle has been abandoned upon the person or entity's property or into the person or entity's possession, the notification procedures set forth in Section 56-5-5630 must be followed. If the vehicle is not reclaimed pursuant to Section 56-5-5630, the sheriff shall give the applicant a certificate of authority to dispose of the vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler. A disposal authority certificate may contain multiple listings.
Affidavit Requesting Sheriff's Disposal Authority Certificate
Sample Disposal Authority Certificate
This portion of the law applies to the Form Affidavit:
(E)(1) A person or entity may dispose of a vehicle to a demolisher or secondary metals recycler without a title certificate, magistrate's order of sale, or sheriff's disposal authority certificate, if:
(a) the vehicle is abandoned upon the person or entity's property or into the person or entity's possession, or if the person or entity is the owner of the vehicle and the vehicle's title certificate is faulty, lost, or destroyed; and
(b) the vehicle:
(i) is lawfully in the person or entity's possession;
(ii) is twelve model years old or older;
(iii) does not have a valid registration plate affixed; and
(iv) has no engine or is otherwise totally inoperable.
(2) The person or entity shall complete and sign a form affirming that the vehicle complies with the requirements of subsection (E)(1). The demolisher or secondary metals recycler shall maintain the original form affidavit in the transaction records as required by this section.
Affidavit of Disposal of Vehicle to a Demolisher/Secondary Metals Recycler (SMR)
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