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In South Carolina, the Precious Metal Law regulates and mandates who and where businesses can operate, and how to conduct their businesses.  The state law places the enforcement and regulation on each local law enforcement agency.  Businesses that apply and obtain a precious metal permit must complete a precious metal application, submit a $50 money order, and pass a background check.  After passing the background check, a permit signed by the Chief of Police is issued to the business which allows the business to purchase gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones for the one year permit.  The law requires the business to keep documentation on the customer and property purchased.  To review the SC Precious Metal Law and to fill out and submit the permit application, please click on the appropriate links below.

SC Precious Metals Permit/Dealer Law

SC Precious Metals Permit Application Procedures

SC Precious Metals Permit Application

The Horry County Police Department point of contact for questions regarding precious metal permits is:

Det. John Lewis

2560 N. Main St, St 7

Conway, SC 29526

843-915-8025 

lewisj@horrycounty.org

 

Precious Metal Dealers in Horry County 

Name                                 Address Phone Fax Police Contact Manager/Owner
Empress II Myrtle Beach Mall 361-9703   Same Mohammad Siddique
Reeds Myrtle Beach Mall 272-5998   Same Larry Graham
Gold Buyers of Horry County 82 Cloverleaf Dr, #107, Longs 222-1058 399-6450 Same Jerry Wilder
Cash for Gold 1080 E Hwy 501, Conway 241-2503   Same Latonya Mason
Jewelry Tree 305 Hwy 701, Loris 756-0491   Same Lynwood Mills
Nobles Jewelers Inlet Square Mall 651-4078   Same Charlie Buxani
Grand Strand Gold & Estate Jewelry 2610 Hwy 17, Garden City  651-6949   Same Al Greene
Kay Jewelers 10839 Kings Rd, MB SC (Tanger) 213-0427 910-520-3984 Same Carol Perrie
We Buy Gold-Socastee Blvd  4021 Socastee Blvd, MB 293-0370   Same Ronny Roberts
MB Coin Exchange 4232 Socastee Blvd, MB 293-9000   same David Quante
Socastee Gold 3610 Socastee Blvd, MB 333-2498   Same Tom Pate
Atlantic Gold  9602 N Kings Hwy, MB 712-2589   Same  Scott Nance
Thee Gold Shop 363 Bob Grissom Pkwy, MB     Same Blake Williams
Gold Bug 2520 Hwy 17, Garden City 651-2232   Same Don/Matt Randall
Hopson Enterprises 507 8th Ave, Aynor 358-8662   Same Don Hopson
Gold Buyers of the Carolinas 3030  S Hwy 17, Garden City 299-0006   Same Dennis Carmichael
707 Gold 10764 Hwy 707 #11, MB 457-0869   Same  Lisa Gillen
We Buy Gold of Loris 215 Hwy 701, Loris 251-7372   Same Denise Hemingway
The Gold Stop 1735 Hwy 544, Conway 803-463-4519   Same Marcus Gardner
Belk Myrtle Beach Mall 272-4200   Same Michael Ujcich
Oxford Perfume and Jewelry Myrtle Beach Mall 272-4137   Ana mourate  Hasnain Sayed
Michelle & Dans Thrift Shop 4301 Kinlaw St, LR     Michelle Hamman Dan Thompson
 Belk  Inlet Square Mall 651-6377    Same  Henry Gouldin 
           
           
           
           

 Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I obtain a precious metals dealer permit?

  1. Contact the law enforcement agency (Myrtle Beach PD, Conway PD, Horry County PD, etc) that has jurisdiction where your proposed business will be located.
  2. Complete the precious metal dealers application.
  3. Submit your completed application to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
 How much does a permit cost?
  1. SC law mandates a $50 fee.
 Who do I contact to learn about obtaining a precious metals dealer permit?
  1. Contact the law enforcement agency (Myrtle Beach PD, Conway PD, Horry County PD, etc) that has jurisdiction where your proposed business will be located.
  2. If your business is located in Horry County jurisdiction, see above contact person.
 Who regulates precious metal permits?
  1. The precious metal dealers permit law is regulated by SC law.
  2. The SC law delegates administration and enforcement to the local law enforcement agencies in the state.
 How do I determine if a business has a permit?
  1. Ask the business if they have a precious metal dealer’s permit. The law requires the permit to be posted openly at the business.
  2. Contact the local law enforcement agency (Myrtle Beach PD, Conway PD, Horry County PD, etc) that has jurisdiction where the business is located.
 What should I do if my jewelry is stolen?
  1. Contact the local law enforcement agency (Myrtle Beach PD, Conway PD, Horry County PD, etc) that has jurisdiction where your residence is located to file an official criminal police report.
  2. Speak with the managers of businesses that have a precious metals permit. Provide them with a description of your stolen jewelry to determine if they have purchased your stolen jewelry from a customer.
 What if my stolen jewelry is located at a precious metals dealer business?
  1. Contact the local law enforcement agency (Myrtle Beach PD, Conway PD, Horry County PD, etc) that has jurisdiction where the business is located.
  2. Once the police officer arrives, explain that you found your stolen jewelry at the dealer.
  3. The officer can obtain the customer information who sold your stolen jewelry.
  4. The officer will investigate the criminal incident and assist in the return of your stolen jewelry.
 What if my family member stole my jewelry?
  1. According to SC law, if an immediate family member takes your jewelry to a precious metals dealer, it will be the jewelry owner’s responsibility to reimburse the dealer for the jewelry. 
  2. Then, the owner can press charges against the family member for the theft to be reimbursed for the loss.
 What information is a precious metals dealer permit holder required to document?
  1. According to SC law, a dealer must obtain full name, address, state identification card number, date of birth, and full description of jewelry sold by the customer.
 Can the precious metals dealer permit holder release customer information to the public?
  1. No, not to the general public, only to a law enforcement officer.
 What can I do if the business will not help me locate my stolen property?
  1. Be polite and respectful to the store employees. Ask for their cooperation, but they are not required to release any information to the public.
  2. Explain you’re a victim of a theft, completed an official criminal police report, and are requesting their assistance to review their recent inventory for the property.
  3. Explain you are not requesting any customer personal information, only their assistance in reviewing their recent purchases for your stolen property.  
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