Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Metals

   1. I forgot my user ID and/or my password.

   2. I need to change my password.

Once you are logged in on Metals Registration Online, click on My Account and then go to Account Security and Update Password.


   3. How do I apply for an MRE Certificate / License?

Visit Metals Registration Application Instructions and review the list of requirements to register as a Metals Recycling Entity (MRE). If you are a new user to the website, please click on New User Sign Up, then select Metals Registration Program and Create New Account.


   4. What are Ownership Documents? Where do I send them?
  • If you are a Sole Proprietorship, you need the Assumed Name Certificate or Doing Business As, also known as the DBA. You can get this from your local County Clerk’s Office.
  • If you are considered a Corporation, you will need to send DPS the Certificate of Formation or Certificate of Filing, from the Texas Secretary of State.
  • Once you have the appropriate forms, you can send them one of two ways:
    •   Contact Us, select Metals and complete the online form below.
    •   Fax to (512) 424-5849 and include your application ID # on the cover sheet.

   5. How do I pay my application fee?

You can login to Metals Registration Online and select Metals Registration Program. Next, look under Online Services and click on Submit Payment for a Pending Application.


   6. How often do I report transactions? Where do I send transactions?

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, DPS’s Metals Recycling Program will no longer accept transaction reports submitted via postal mail, facsimile or electronic mail (email) from Metal Recycling Entities (MREs) for the purposes of data entry.  With the exception of entities granted an exemption, pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1956.036(d), all MREs will be required to report transactions at the DPS website. Transactions are required within two (2) days of purchase. If you have difficulty uploading transactions, please call (512) 794-8440.


   6. How do I send an Irrigation Report?

Irrigation Reports should be sent the same was as Metals Transactions. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, they are now required to be entered as any transaction. For instructions, see the next question and answer.


   6. How do I upload transactions?

Login in to Texas DPS Crime Records Service and select the Metals Registration Program block. Under Online Services, select Returning User and then click on Add Transaction. The next page is where you enter your information. Click on Create Transaction at the bottom of the page and you will be alerted if there is any missing information or errors.  The first box will always be checked. Check the second box if the item belongs to the person who sold you the item. Check the third box if the person was selling it for a company or if the item did not belong to them directly. Two of three boxes must be checked to allow you to Create Transaction correctly.


   6. What is the status of my application?

Login in to Texas DPS Crime Records Service and select the Metals Registration Program block. Under Online Services, select Returning User and then click on Check Application Status.


   6. How do I apply for Precious Metals?