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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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.
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 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.