Ministry of Justice
FormsForms A - Transaction Record
Forms B - Report to Local Police Authority
Application for Registration
Collection of Seller’s Information
Effective July 23, 2012, a person will be unable to sell regulated metal unless they provide information to the metal dealer or recycler.
Metal dealers or recyclers who purchase regulated metal must record, in Form A, information listed below.
Personal information of seller
At the time of sale, the person must provide:
- a valid driver’s licence with a photograph of the individual, or
- a valid BC Identification Card with a photograph of the individual
- full name, current address and telephone number
- the origin of the regulated metal
No other documentation (e.g., such as a passport or military card) will be accepted for identification purposes.
Information about motor vehicle
If the seller uses a motor vehicle to deliver the regulated metal, the metal dealer or recycler must record the following information of the motor vehicle:
- paint colour
- make and model of the motor vehicle
- licence plate number
- province or state that issued the plate
If person does not own the regulated metal
If the person who delivers the regulated metal is not the owner, the person who is doing the delivery must provide the metal dealer or recycler with his or her following information:
- full name
- current address
- telephone number
Proof of Ownership
A person must provide proof of ownership when selling:
- metallic wire that has had insulation or casing removed from it (burned wire)
- regulated metal that has marks indicating ownership by:
- a local authority (e.g., municipality, regional district, school district)
- a public utility or similar entity that distributes electricity, telephone services or cable television signals through wire or piping (e.g., BC Hydro, Telus)
Description of Regulated Metal Purchased
Metal dealers or recyclers who purchase regulated metal from a person must also record information in Form A. This information includes:
- the specification code established by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. A copy of this code can be viewed at the institutes website.
- a description of the metal purchased (for example, ¼ inch outer diameter copper pipe)
- weight of metal purchased
- total purchase value of the metal
- distinguishing marks or features e.g., a company logo or name
The Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act requires metal dealers and recyclers to make an effort to ensure the driver’s licence or BC Identification Card presented by the seller has not been tampered with or forged. The following guidelines will assist in deciding if a licence or identification card is forged or altered:
- Making sure the photo looks like the person presenting the driver’s licence or identification card. Checking the physical description on the licence or identification card with the person presenting the identification.
- Making sure the licence has not expired.
- Watching the person for signs of nervousness when producing the identification.
- Looking for holograms, as this is expensive for forgers to reproduce.
- Feeling the driver’s licence or identification card for any rough edges where it may have been altered or checking for flimsiness of the card’s material.
- Looking at the quality of the text. Forged or tampered documents may have fuzzy text or text that is not straight.
- When in doubt, asking for a second or third piece of photo identification to double check information, especially the person’s signature.
- Asking questions to verify the seller’s identity (for example, asking what is their middle name, etc).
Metal dealers and recyclers who purchase regulated metal must complete Form B and send the form as a daily report to police.
Local police authorities will provide information on whether they want the daily report emailed, faxed, or sent to a website.
Metal dealers and recyclers may forward this form to police at any time, provided it is received by the police authority before the end of the day on which the regulated metal was purchased. If there is a technical problem with sending the form, dealers or recyclers must deliver the information to their local police before noon on the next day, regardless of whether that day is a holiday or not a regular business day.
If for any reason a metal dealer or recycler must amend information contained in Form B, they must immediately notify the local police authority of the change.
The Metal Dealers and Recyclers Act requires dealers and recyclers or any of their employees, to immediately contact the police if they believe they are in possession of stolen metal.
Metal dealers and recyclers must protect the identity of the seller in the report to police by assigning a customer code. The code is developed by taking the first 3 letters of the surname of the seller as recorded on their driver’s licence or BC Identification Card, and the last 3 number, letters, or character’s of the person’s driver’s licence or BC Identification Card.
For example, John Tucker sells regulated metal and has a BC Driver’s Licence with the number 1234567. The customer code for John Tucker will be “TUC567”.
If the local police authority decides there is a need for them to know the identity of the seller, they must obtain a court order to access the person’s information that was collected in Form A.