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Call for Subject Matter Experts for Development of the Texas Auctioneer Licensing Examination

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to serve on the Texas Auctioneer Licensing Examination Review Committee (ERC). The ERC creates, evaluates, and references exam content and materials.  Participation of knowledgeable SMEs ensures the exam sets the minimum competency standard in Texas.

To qualify, you must hold a valid Texas Auctioneer License. Participants must be willing to sign a confidentiality document agreeing not to disclose examination content, materials, or discussions.

To apply for appointment to the Texas Auctioneer ERC, please complete and submit the application to TDLR. The deadline to submit an application is July 31, 2019.

Vacancy on the Auctioneer Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces four vacancies on the Auctioneer Advisory Committee (Committee) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1802. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §67.65. The purpose of the Auctioneer Advisory Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on educational matters, operational matters, and common practices within the auction industry. This announcement is for:

  • three licensed auctioneers; and
  • one public member.

The Committee is composed of seven members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The auctioneer members appointed under Section 1802.102(a)(1) serve two-year terms that expire on September 1 and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The composition of the committee shall include:

  • four members are licensed auctioneers;
  • one member is the administrative head, or the administrative head’s designee, of any state agency or office that is selected by the Commission; and
  • two public members.

Interested persons should complete an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Committee.

Issued in Austin, Texas on April 24, 2019.

Brian Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

TDLR Adopts Rule Review

At their meeting held January 11, 2019, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 67, Registration of Auctioneers, effective January 25, 2019.

The rule review adoption was published in the February 8, 2019, issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 595).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Auctioneers program to review the rule review adoption.

Important Information About the Auctioneer Recovery Fund

Reminder: The Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund is established by the State of Texas and managed by TDLR to provide compensation to individuals who are harmed by the actions of a licensed auctioneer. To ensure compliance with Auctioneer law and rules, TDLR reviews the balance of the Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund each year to determine if additional fees are needed to maintain the fund’s minimum balance of $350,000.

If the balance in the fund on December 31 is less than $350,000, each license holder is required by Auctioneer law to pay an additional $50 fee at their next license renewal (or a pro rata share of the amount necessary to obtain a balance in the fund of $350,000).

If the additional $50 fee is assessed, it is automatically added to the license renewal fee.

For 2018, the fund balance on December 31, 2017 was $321,709.98, requiring TDLR to assess the additional $50 fee for each renewal in 2018.

Questions? Contact TDLR at CS.Auctioneers@tdlr.texas.gov

The Auctioneer Recovery Fund is established by the State of Texas and managed by TDLR to provide compensation to individuals who are harmed by the actions of a licensed auctioneer. Additional information about the Fund can be found on the Procedures for filing a claim against the Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund page.


Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - October 15, 2018

The Auctioneer Advisory Board met October 15, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.


The Auctioneers FAQs are a great resource to answer many questions about the auctioneer’s law and rules, education and licensing questions, as well as general information.

TDLR licensed auctioneers should use the online tool to verify that their personal contact information is correct. Keeping this information current is important for TDLR to communicate with the auctioneers.

The Associate Auctioneer license application is now available on the Auctioneer forms page. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

Auctioneer license on-line renewal - A renewal form is mailed approximately 65 days prior to the license expiration date. You can renew your license online and pay with a credit card.

Need a replacement license? You can also order a duplicate license online.

For more information about the TDLR Auctioneers program, contact TDLR at CS.Auctioneers@tdlr.texas.gov or 800-803-9202. Also, you can sign up to receive TDLR Email Updates to be notified about any further changes or updates to the Auctioneer Program.