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Notice to Auction Schools
May 18, 2020
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
March 24, 2020
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.
Vacancy on the Auctioneer Advisory Committee
April 25, 2019
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 email@example.com.
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.
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
TDLR Adopts Rule Review
February 12, 2019
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
January 30, 2018
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.
- Statute for the Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/auc/auclaw.htm#subchapter-D
- Rules for the Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/auc/aucrules.htm#6740
- Additional information about the Fund can be found on the Procedures for filing a claim against the Auctioneer Education and Recovery Fund page.
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
Next Meeting - October 13, 2020
The next Auctioneer Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference and will be viewable on TDLR’s YouTube page. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.
Previous Meeting - October 15, 2018
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.
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.