Please Note: 2013 North Dakota Senate Bill 2151 became effective on May 1, 2013, creating N.D. Cent. Code Tit. 51, Ch. 35: Purchases By Scrap Metal Dealers.
"Scrap Metal" means ferrous or nonferrous metals purchased primarily for reuse or recycling, including metals combined with other materials at the time of purchase or acquisition, and including insulated and uninsulated wire and cable. Scrap metal does not include automobiles, automobile hulks, or any aluminum food or beverage containers.
"Scrap Metal Dealer" means a person engaged in the business of purchasing, selling, trading, or bartering scrap metal, and includes all employees of the scrap metal dealer
Exempts purchases from:
Dealers shall keep records of receipts of Scrap Metal worth over $25 with the following:
Dealers must retain records for 7 years after the date of each purchase at their business premises or other reasonably available location within North Dakota.
A Dealer's premises must be kept open for inspection by law enforcement officers during regular business hours. Business records and business inventory must also be open for inspection at all times during reasonable business hours or "at reasonable times if ordinary hours of business are not kept".
Before conducting an inspection an officer must inform a Dealer that they are a law enforcement officer and the purpose of the inspection. Officers must comply with all of a Dealer's reasonable and customary safety requirements. A Dealer may also require an officer to sign an inspection log with their name and serial or badge number and the date, time, and purpose for the inspection.
No cash payments over $1,000; payment for such must be by check or electronic transfer.
A Dealer who willfully fails to comply with the Act is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
A Dealer who willfully buys, receives, possesses, or conceals stolen Scrap Metal:
Provisions shall take precedence over and supersede any local ordinance adopted by a political subdivision that regulates scrap metal transactions.
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