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Commission Adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 67, §67.20, regarding the Auctioneers program. The adopted rule implements necessary changes required by Senate Bill (SB) 1531, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which amends §67.20 by removing the restriction which automatically prevents an applicant with a felony conviction during the five years prior to application from being licensed as an auctioneer.

The adoption justification was published in the March 26, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 2002). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of April 1, 2021.

Notice to Auction Schools

In light of current health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will recognize courses from licensed Auction Schools taught via distance learning to satisfy the licensing requirements in 67.20. Schools using technologies such as videos, electronic learning, virtual learning, and other practices to deliver the school’s curriculum shall ensure participants are receiving the 80-hour course needed to develop the job skills and knowledge necessary to obtain an auctioneer’s license in Texas.

Schools must properly account for the hours that each participant is engaged in remote auction courses. Schools must also confirm the identity of their students who are using distance learning and should make sure that students are equipped with the proper tools to effectively complete the course.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

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

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

January 27, 2021

The Auctioneer Advisory Board met January 27, 2021 via videoconference. The agenda and staff reports 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 by email, or call 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.