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Frequently Asked Questions
The Commission mailing address is:
GA Auctioneers Commission
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
The telephone number for contacting the Commission is 478.207.2440
The fax number for the Commission is 866.888.8026.
You may email the Executive Director of the Commission directly from our website.
The list of current members of the Commission may be reviewed on our website under the Members & Staff section.
The meeting schedule of the Commission is posted on our website. You should refer to this site often, even up to 24 hours in advance of a meeting, to ensure that a meeting has not been cancelled or postponed for any reason.
Minutes of the Commission may be reviewed on our board website under Quick Links and Board & Exam Information. Minutes are made available online after approval by the Commission at the next meeting; i.e., minutes of the January meeting are made available after approval by the Commission at the March meeting.
Some meetings of the Commission are made available on video from our website. Find our Quick Links section on the right of the screen and click the link labeled Board Meeting: Videos to watch the open session portion of a meeting that is currently being held, or to watch an archived video of a past meeting. Not all meetings are available by video.
O.C.G.A. § 43-6 may be reviewed in its entirety on the Commission’s website, by clicking on the tab entitled Laws, Policies, and Rules. The Commission’s rules are also available for review in this tab.
You may apply online for an auctioneer license on our website by accessing the menu to the immediate right, and clicking the button labeled Apply Online. Follow the procedures to apply online. You must have a credit card for paying the application fee in order to apply online. You will also be prompted during the process to submit a secure and verifiable document with a cover page. The cover page may be downloaded from our website, and you will be provided with the link to download the form during the online application process.
Complete information about secure and verifiable documents may be reviewed from our the Licensing Division homepage. Find the section on the right of the screen labeled Quick Links, and click the link labeled Secure and Verifiable Documents.
You may also wish to click the link labeled Affidavit of Citizenship to read information concerning this companion requirement.
The secure and verifiable document requirement and the affidavit of citizenship were passed into Georgia law for all applicants for licensure and applicants for renewal of a current license on January 1, 2012.
No, at this time, you may only apply for an auctioneer license online. We plan to offer company license applications online in the near future.
Applicants for auctioneer license must be at least 18 years of age, must have a high school diploma from an accredited high school or GED certificate, and must have graduated from an auctioneer school approved by the Commission. Upon receipt of a completed application, which includes the application fee and fee for the Auctioneer Recovery Fund, the applicant will be made eligible for the GA Auctioneer Laws & Rules Exam, which is administered by PSI. PSI will contact the applicant by mail to inform of the eligibility and to provide information on how to register online for the exam.
Yes, a GA Auctioneer Laws & Rules Exam is required. The exam is administered by PSI, and registration and exam fee is made to PSI when the applicant receives notice of eligibility by PSI.
Once the completed auctioneer application is received and reviewed by Professional Licensing Boards Division staff and determined complete and in order, the applicant will be made eligible for the exam. PSI will notify the application by mail of eligibility and inform the applicant how to register with PSI online for the next available exam. Exams are given by PSI several times per year in various locations, so the applicant should be able to take the exam at a convenient location and a convenient time.
The auctioneer application fee is $200.00.
The auction company application fee is $200.00.
The Auctioneers Education, Research, and Recovery Fund was established to provide for any person who is harmed by the conduct, representation, or transaction of a licensed auctioneer or auction company which is found to be in violation of the auctioneer law and rules, to file for recovery of actual or compensatory damages. In order to file a claim against the Recovery Fund, a judgment must be made by a court of competent jurisdiction in favor of the claimant. Once the judgment is made and all other efforts to recover awarded damages are exhausted, the judge must order the Commission to pay up to $10,000 of the unrecovered damages to the claimant. More information about the Recovery Fund and the procedure for filing claims may be obtained from O.C.G.A. § 43-6-22.1, which may be found on our board website under the tab entitled Laws, Policies, and Rules.
All auctioneer and auction company licenses expire on February 28, of the even-numbered year.
The late renewal period for auctioneer and auction company licenses is March 1 through May 31 of the even-numbered year. Licenses may be renewed by paying the renewal fee plus a late renewal penalty during this period; however, after February 28 of the even-numbered year, the license is lapsed, and the licensee can no longer legally practice until the license is renewed.
Licenses for auctioneers and auction companies may be renewed online from our website by clicking on the button labeled License Renewals to begin the process.
Yes, the Commission requires 8 hours of continuing education obtain in the previous two years in order to renew an auctioneer license. All continuing education hours must be completed by the expiration date of the license, which is February 28 of the even-numbered year.
No, if the auction company owner is not a licensed auctioneer, then no continuing education is required of the owner, although the owner will be benefited from attending a continuing education seminar.
The Commission rule regarding continuing education may be reviewed on our website.
The reinstatement fee for auctioneer license is $400.00.
Yes, all reinstatement applicants must take the exam for reinstatement.
The reinstatement fee for auction company license is $400.00.
An applicant may qualify for an exemption from the requirement of obtaining an auction company license if the applicant is both the owner of the business and a licensed auctioneer, or if the business employs a full-time licensed auctioneer who agrees to supervise the operations of the business.
Auctioneers and auction companies are required to maintain an escrow account, which is a separate bank account used to deposit all auction proceeds until such time that the proceeds are disbursed to the appropriate parties. Auctioneers and prohibited from comingling auction proceeds in the same general operating account for the auction company; therefore, the escrow account is required and must be maintained. Whether a minimum balance is required to maintain the account is under the authority of the particular bank or financial institution the auctioneer or company uses.
All proceeds from an auction are required to be deposited in the escrow account, unless proceeds are disbursed within 24 hours of the close of the auction.
The Commission is authorized to reciprocate licensure with other states that have licensing laws that are substantially similar to the Commission’s law. When considering applying for reciprocity, the applicant should review the law of the GA Auctioneers Commission and the law of the state(s) in which the applicant is licensed to ensure that the requirements for licensure are substantially similar. The Commission does not reciprocate with states that do not have state licensure requirements. States that only have local licensure requirements are not eligible for reciprocity.
Complete and submit the Auctioneer Application on our website by clicking the button entitled Application/Form Downloads. On the application, choose the box for reciprocity. Be sure to obtain and submit official letters of certification of licensure from each state in which an auction license is active.
You should make a written request for a letter of certification, along with a payment of $25.00. If you wish for the letter to be mailed to another state, provide the mailing information for that state, and we will send the letter to the state directly. If you wish a letter to be sent to multiple locations, you will need to provide that information and submit a check for $25.00 for each letter requested. Ensure that you will need a certification letter, as many states now accept the licensure status information available on our website.
You may print your license from our website free of charge. Choose the link under the Quick Links section. The license is acceptable to prove licensure. If you wish to obtain the standard license on blue card paper, you may order the license from the same webpage by paying a $25.00 fee by credit card. You may also request the standard license by making a written request to our office, along with a $25.00 fee.
Yes, a licensed auctioneer must also be licensed with the Georgia Real Estate Commission in order to auction real property.
Yes, companies that conduct online auctions in Georgia are required to be licensed with the Commission.
Georgia companies that operate penny auction sites are required to be licensed with the Georgia Auctioneers Commission. Please review the statement from the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection regarding the licensure requirement.
Approved auction schools may be searched on our website. Click on the button labeled Licensure Search, then read the information at the top of the search page to search for a facility. Enter the Profession and License Type fields. Click Search to find a list of approved schools. A roster may also be purchased by completing the Roster Request Order Form available on our website by choosing the Application/Form Downloads button.