Auctioneers

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about obtaining a TDLR license or renewing a TDLR license that expired while serving on active duty, please go to the Military Outreach home page.

TDLR and PSI are searching for willing applicants to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Auctioneer industry. PSI is the current vendor which is under contract to develop and administer examinations for TDLR. SMEs are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Auctioneer exam content, questions and exam reference lists. If you are interested in applying you should have a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete this Application for the Texas Auctioneer Exam Development Committee. Attendance will be required to the upcoming meeting which will take place January 2017. Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content.  The positions of Subject Matter Experts are voluntary and all applications are reviewed by the Education and Examination Division.  These are not paid positions. All applications must be received by September 30, 2016.   TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas would like to thank you for considering this opportunity for service.

Notice of Vacancy on Auctioneer Advisory Committee

TDLR announces a vacancy 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 a licensed auctioneer.

The Committee is composed of the following seven members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval:

(1) four members are licensed auctioneers;
(2) 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
(3) two public members.

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.

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

Issued in Austin, Texas on October 19, 2016.

Brian Francis.
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


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

The Auctioneer Advisory Board met December 14 in Austin. The agenda and the Staff Reports are available online. Due to technical difficulties the meeting was not broadcast live, but it has been posted to TDLR's YouTube channel.

New! House Bill 2481 - The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below have been updated to reflect some of the changes to Chapter 1802, Texas Occupations Code (Auctioneers Law),as a result of the 84th Texas Legislature enacting House Bill 2481. These changes are significant and took effect on September 1, 2015. We will continue to add to the FAQs as we implement the bill and adopt rules to keep you informed about updates to the Auctioneer Program. Due to HB 2481 the Auctioneer Program looks much like it did just prior to June 14, 2013. Some of the most significant changes to the Law include:

  • reinstating the Associate Auctioneer Program as a path to gain auction experience that can be used in lieu of taking an examination to become a licensed auctioneer,
  • clarifying that an auctioneer license is only needed to conduct live bid auctions,
  • removing reference to regulating  auctions over the Internet, and
  • renaming the Auctioneer Education Advisory Board to the Auctioneer Advisory Board to reflect the wider range of advice provided by the Board to TDLR and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation.

If you have questions about the Auctioneer Program please contact us at: cs.auctioneers@tdlr.texas.gov.

1. What are the requirements for an Associate Auctioneer license?

To be eligible for an Associate Auctioneer’s license you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a legal alien;
  • Hold a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate; and
  • Be employed under the direct supervision of a licensed Auctioneer.                          

2. If I held an Associate Auctioneer license prior to June 14, 2013, (when HB 3038 deregulated the Associate program), will I now be able to use this experience to gain an Auctioneer license?

Yes. 

3. If I held an Associate Auctioneer license previously, how do I apply for an Auctioneer License?

You will need to submit the following:

  • Auctioneer Application;
  • Employment Report Form completed by your licensed Auctioneer sponsor;
  • Your tax ID number or letter of waiver;
  • Proof of successful completion of 80 hours of classroom instruction; and
  • The total fee of $100.00.

Forms are available on our website. (Note: You must have held your Associate Auctioneer license for at least two years in order to qualify for an Auctioneer license.)

4. When can I apply for an Associate Auctioneer license?

Applications will be available on our website no later than February 1, 2016. To receive the most up to date information, sign up for our Email updates.

5. Can I get the same license number I previously held as an Associate Auctioneer?

Yes, you will be issued the same license number.

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.

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 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.