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In this page you will find a list of the most common questions and answers related to the Auctioneers Program.

If you are a resident of Ohio or licensed in a non-reciprocal state, you must first serve a twelve-month apprenticeship, act as a bid caller in twelve auctions, and attend an approved auction school prior to making an application for an auctioneer's license. If you are licensed in a reciprocal state, you must make an application for an auctioneer license and provide a letter of good standing from your state licensing board. If you are an out-of-state applicant and you do not have a license in a reciprocal state, you may apply for a one-time license.

An apprentice auctioneer license fee is $100.00. The license year is July 1st to June 30th annually. The renewal fee is $100.00. Effective July 1, 2005, auctioneer license fee for individuals or corporations, partnerships or associations is $200.00 for a biennial license. If an initial license is issued in the middle of the biennium the license fee shall be $100.00. Licensees whose last or business names begin with the letters A-J and X-Z shall renew their licenses on odd numbered years. Licensees whose last or business names beginning with K-W shall renew their licenses on even numbered years. The license renewal fees for special auctioneers and auctioneers for 2005 shall be: for licensees with the last or business name beginning with A-J and X-Z shall be $200.00 and licensees whose last names or business names begin with K-W shall be $100.00. The one time license fee is $500.00.

Effective July 1, 2003, Ohio auctioneers are covered under the Auction Recovery Fund for a maximum liability of $50,000. Those individuals who were licensed prior to June 30, 2003, and who continue to renew in accordance with 4707.10 will no longer be required to carry the surety bond. However, new licensees who receive their license after July 1, 2003, will be required to carry a $25,000 bond or an irrevocable letter of credit for a period of three years before joining the recovery fund. Applicants for the one time auction license are required to submit a $50,000 surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit and are not eligible for participation in the Auction Recovery Fund. Applicants for an auction firm license are required to carry a $50,000 surety bond or an irrevocable letter of credit.

A written response on police department letterhead will be sufficient if the police department does not have an official stamp or seal.

An auction company license is not available in the State of Ohio. A corporation, limited liability company, association or partnership may apply for an auctioneer license if fifty percent of the partners or members are licensed auctioneers. A corporation must have fifty percent of the board of directors and the CEO be licensed auctioneers in order to qualify for the auctioneer license for the corporation. Ohio has an auction firm license. An auction firm may provide auction services but a licensed auctioneer must conduct the auction. An auction firm must appoint a firm manager. The firm manager must be someone within the company with a sufficient amount of authority in the running of the business. This individual, if not already licensed as an auctioneer under Chapter 4707.07, must take and pass the firm manager examination prior to the license being issued. The firm manager examination is given monthly on the same day as the apprentice auctioneer exam.

If the apprentice auctioneer is licensed as a real estate broker or salesperson, they may sell real property at auction if their sponsor is also licensed as a real estate sales person or broker. An apprentice auctioneer cannot sign an auction contract for the sale of real property at auction.

If you are going to operate as an auctioneer under a name other than your given name, you must first register your DBA with the department. In order to add a DBA to your license, you must first register with the Ohio Secretary of State's Office under a trade or fictitious name. The Secretary of State's Office will provide a certificate once the name has been registered. Please forward a copy of the certificate, your license and a $10 check to the Auctioneer Program to have the DBA added to your license.

Complete and mail the complaint form found at the ODA Auctioneer web site at Ohio Department of Agriculture Auctioneer Page under Resources. Upon receipt of a verified complaint, the department will investigate.

You may request a letter of good standing from the Auctioneer Program by calling (614) 728-6240, faxing your request to (614) 728-6328, or sending an e-mail to auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov. There is no charge for this service.