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Licensing Requirements for Auctioneer Program
 

Type of License: Auctioneer

Who Needs This License? Anyone who performs the function of an auctioneer as defined in 4707.01.  Under 4707.02 anyone who conducts an auction must be licensed under 4707 by the department of agriculture

Licensing Period: 07/01 to 06/30

Annual Fee: The biennial license fee is $200.00 plus a $25.00 exam fee.
Biennial renewal fee is $200.00.

Requirements: In order to become a licensed auctioneer you must first serve a one year apprenticeship, act as a bid caller in twelve auctions, attend an approved auction school before applying for the auctioneer license.  The auctioneer exam consists of a written and verbal examination.  The applicant must score 75% or better to have a passing grade.  Applicants must also have proof of financial responsibility in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit or a surety bond in the amount of $25,000.

Forms Needed: Auctioneer License Application
Auctioneer Application Instructions
Bond Form
Police Waiver
Additional Instructions for Non-Resident or Reciprocal Applicants

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov

Type of License: Apprentice Auctioneer

Who Needs This License? Anyone who is interested in becoming an auctioneer must first serve a one year apprenticeship

Licensing Period: 07/01 to 06/30

Annual Fee: $100.00 plus a $15.00 exam fee.
Annual renewal fee is $100.00

Requirements: Must provide proof that the applicant:
A. Has a good reputation,
B. Is of trustworthy character,
C. Has attained the age of at least 18 years,
D. Has obtained a written promise of a licensed auctioneer to sponsor the applicant during the applicant’s apprenticeship,
E. Has satisfied the financial responsibility requirements established under 4707.11 of the Revised Code.
F. Proof of attendance at an approved auction school.
G. The applicant must take and pass the apprentice auctioneer examination with a score of 70% or better.

Forms Needed: Apprentice Auctioneer Application
Apprentice Auctioneer Application Instructions
Bond Form
Police Waiver

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov

Type of License: One Time Auction

Who Needs This License? Anyone who is a non resident who is not licensed in a reciprocal state who wishes to conduct an auction in Ohio for one auction only.

Licensing Period: License is issued for the date of the sale only

Annual Fee: $500.00

Requirements: Must provide proof of the following:
A. Has a good reputation,
B. Is of trustworthy character,
C. Has attained the age of at least 18 years,
D. Has a general knowledge of the requirements of the Revised Code relative to auctioneers, the auction profession, and the principles involved in conducting an auction,
E. Has two years of professional auctioneering experience immediately preceding the application and the experience includes the personal conduct by the applicant of at least twelve auction sales in any state, or has met the requirements of § 4707.12 of the Revised Code,
F. Has paid a fee of $500.00
G. Has provided proof of financial responsibility in the form of either an irrevocable letter of credit, a cash bond, or a surety bond in the amount of $50,000.

Forms Needed: One Time Auctioneer Application
One Time Auctioneer Application Instructions
Police Waiver
Auctioneer One Time Only Bond Statement

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov

Type of License: Special Auctioneer

Who Needs This License? Any one who was licensed as an auction company as of May, 1991.

Licensing Period: 07/01 to 06/30

Annual Fee: $200.00 biennially

Requirements: Must have been licensed as an auction company prior to May 1991 and continues to renew their license in a timely manner. No new applications or licenses are issued for this license type.

Effective July 1, 2005, Auctioneer licenses will be for a period of two years and the licensing fee goes to $200.00. If you have a last name that begins with "A" - "J" and "X" - "Z" your license will expire in odd numbered years. If you have a last name that begins with "K" - "W" your license will expire on even numbered years.

Forms Needed: N/A

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov

Type of License: Auction Firm

Who Needs This License? Anyone who provides auction services as defined in R.C. 4707.01 who is not otherwise licensed under Chapter 4707 of the Ohio Revised Code. An Auction Firm cannot sell real property at auction

Licensing Period: 07/01 to 06/31

Annual Fee: Annual

Renewal Fee is $100.00.

Firm Manager Exam Fee is $15.00

Requirements: Every applicant for an auction firm license shall furnish to the department, on forms provided by the department, satisfactory proof that the applicant:
A. Is in good standing with the secretary of state if the applicant is a corporation;
B. Is of trustworthy character;
C. Is registered with the secretary of state or a local authority, as applicable, to do business in this state;
D. Has complied with any other requirement that the director establishes in rules adopted under section 4707.19 of the Revised Code;
E. Has a general knowledge of the requirements of the Revised Code and the general principles regarding auctions, auctioneering, and auction management;
F. Has provided proof of financial responsibility in the amount of fifty thousand dollars in the form of a surety bond, an irrevocable letter of credit, or cashbond;
G. Employs a firm manager as required under division (D) of R.C. 4707.074.

Forms Needed: Auction Firm Application
Auction Firm Instructions
Police Waiver
Auction Firm Bond Statement

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov

Type of License: Auctioneer: Corporation, Partnership, or Association

Who Needs This License? Any corporation, general or limited partnership, or unincorporated association who holds itself out as an auctioneer or being able to provide auction services.

Licensing Period: 07/01 to 06/31

Annual Fee: The biennial license fee is $200.00

Biennial renewal fee is $200.00

Requirements: Every applicant shall provide proof of the following:
A. Is in good standing with the secretary of state if the applicant is a corporation;
B. Is of trustworthy character;
C. Has provided proof of finanicial responsibility as required in section 4707.11 of the Revised Code;
D. Is registered with the secretary of state or local authority, as applicable, to do business in this state;
E. Has complied with any other requirement that the director establishes in rules adopted under section 4707.19 of the Revised Code.

An application submitted under this section shall list the names of all of the owners, directors, partners, or members of the applicant, as applicable, and shall indicte those that have an auctioneer's license issued under section 4707.07 of the Revised Code.

The department shall not issue a license under this section unless one of the following applies, as applicable:
A. If the applicant is a general or limited partnership, not less than fifty percent of the general partners have a current license issued under 4707.07 of the Revised Code.
B. If the applicant is a corporation, not less than fifty percent of the directors and the president or chief executive have a current license issued under section 4707.07 of the Revised Code.
C. If the applicant is an unincorporated association, not less than fifty percent of the members have a current licensed issued under 4707.07 of the Revised Code.

Forms Needed: Application
Auctioneer: Corp Application Instructions
Supplemental Application
Bond Form
Police Waiver

Submit to: Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
Auctioneer Program
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 728-6240
Email: auctioneer@agri.ohio.gov