DPS registers and oversees all metals recycling entities (MREs) in Texas. MREs are required to collect certain identifying information from sellers of regulated materials to assist law enforcement with monitoring those who are buying and selling regulated materials.
House Bill 2187 was signed by Gov. Abbott on June 19, 2015, and is effective Sept. 1, 2015. This bill relates to the regulation of MRES; imposing an administrative penalty, and amending provisions subject to criminal penalty. HB 2187 also requires MRES to issue cash transaction cards to any seller of regulated material being paid by cash or debit card. Cash transaction cards are non-transferable and the metal recycler will be required to keep copies of each application and a copy of each cash transaction card for two years. DPS has developed the Application for Cash Transaction Card for use by MREs. Unless a seller had been issued a cash transaction card, a recycler is only able to pay for a purchase of regulated material by check, money order or electronic funds transfer.
DPS has prepared Battery Reporting Guidelines to assist MREs in identifying batteries for reporting purposes so a reasonable attempt can be made to properly select items from the transaction entry drop-down buttons.
The Public Safety Commission (PSC) adopted the Texas Metals Program Administrative Rules at its Dec. 17, 2015, meeting. The administrative rules became effective Jan. 10, 2016. These administrative rules reflect the approach taken by DPS, with the advice of the Texas Metals Advisory Committee, on various topics.
Use of Alternate Forms: RSD-6 and RSD-44
There are two ways to submit alternate forms of Metals Recycling Transaction Statement of Ownership (RSD-6) and Application for Cash Transaction Card (RSD-44):
Stop Theft of Regulated Metals (STORM)
DPS has created a new portal for reporting metals theft and fraud. Visit Stop Theft of Regulated Metals (STORM) and complete the online form. Please be specific and include any and all descriptive information, such as time, date, place and any details regarding the metals theft or metals fraud, and upload any photos you would like to provide.
An email will be sent to each MRE approximately 45 days before certificate expiration. Please check your Junk or Spam Email folder, if you have not seen this email in your inbox. Please direct your Metals Recycling questions to Contact Us, select Metals and complete the form.
Texas Online Metals (TOM) is an online tool to assist law enforcement with metals thefts in Texas. These tools are available 24-hours a day, seven-days a week, to all law enforcement personnel in municipalities, counties and state agencies. For more information on how to get started, please see Texas Online Metals Fact Sheet for Law Enforcement (PDF) or visit Law Enforcement Links.