Demolisher or Secondary Metals Recycler

A demolisher or secondary metals recycler (SMR) may not get rid of a vehicle without at least one of the following:

  • Valid title
  • Magistrate order of sale
  • Sheriff's disposal authority certificate

It is the responsibility of the demolisher and/or SMR to check with the SCDMV if the vehicle was reported stolen before disposing of a vehicle that does not have a valid title, magistrate’s order of sale, or sheriff’s disposal authority. Stolen Vehicle Check

The SCDMV stolen vehicle check allows authorized members to perform VIN checks on vehicles which were sold through an affidavit to verify whether the vehicles have been reported stolen.

If you're interested in becoming a Demolisher or Secondary Metals Recycler member, you must complete the following requirements:

You may scan the completed documents and send them via email.

You may also mail the completed documents to the address below:

Attn: Demolisher/SMR Programs Coordinator
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0038

The SCDMV will assign a user ID and password to the business administrator. Authorized agents will have online access to the NMVTIS stolen vehicle data for inquiry purposes only.

For questions or concerns, please send an email.


The requirements for a demolisher or secondary metals recycler (SMR) are included in state law. You may request disposal authority from your county sheriff’s office.

SC Code Section 56-5-5670