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Reminder: Updating Your Driver's License After Renewal

Recently have a birthday? Is the State making your get your picture retaken and issuing you a new driver's license? If so, we have a quick reminder for you:

Each time your driver's license expires and you have to get it renewed with the State, make sure you bring your new license with you the next time you sell us some scrap. We need to re-scan/update it in our scrap purchasing system.

Our old computer system did not flag us to update expired licenses. Because of that, some folks were 30+ years old, but the license we had on file was from when they were 16 or 21. It was not necessarily the best when it came to compliance with State scrap laws...

Fast forward to today. We now have a new scrap purchasing system and it is built to help us stay in compliance with all laws pertaining to scrap yards. It notifies us when your driver's license expires with the State, and it WILL NOT allow us to write a check to someone with an expired driver's license. We do have the ability to temporarily override this stop payment. However, the system will only allow us to complete an override a total of 5 times. After that, it will not allow us to pay you for your material until we have a valid driver's license on file.

So what does this mean for you?

  1. Don't Delay When Renewing Your Driver's License. Be sure to update it with the State when it expires and/or when they send you notice to complete a full renewal.

  2. Be Sure to Bring Your Updated Driver's License With You. I know it seems like common sense--if you're driving to sell us your scrap, you should have your driver's license with you. However, you would be amazed at how many times folks forget because they just quickly hopped into the tractor, the work truck, etc. and didn't think to grab their license.

  3. If You are Hauling on Behalf of Someone Else, Be Sure You Have Them Take a Quick Look at Their License Before You Leave. If they've recently renewed it with the State, be sure to bring their new driver's license along with you, so that we may update their account.

  4. Once Your New License is Updated in Our System, We Won't Need It Until It Expires Again. Typically a Michigan driver's license expire every 4 years. That means it should be another 4 years before we will need it from you again.

We know that this may be an inconvenience for some of you, but in the long run it actually helps all of us: we get to stay in compliance -AND- if for some reason we need to send you payment via mail, we will have your most current address on file.

We are hoping that by letting all of you know about this requirement in advance, it will help avoid any hassle or uncomfortable situations from happening in the future.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to give us a call at 989-269-6829 during our normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

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