Alabama is a U.S. state in the southeast that is home to important Civil Rights Movement landmarks. In the 1960s, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which is now a museum, was a protest center. In the capital of Montgomery, you may visit Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s church and the Rosa Parks Museum, which is dedicated to the activist.

License

Each application for an auctioneer license must be 19 years of age or older, and each applicant for an apprentice auctioneer license must be 18 years of age or older and a United States citizen. Each applicant for an auctioneer’s license must have completed the following requirements: completed a prescribed course of study at an accredited auctioneering school approved by the board; served one year as an apprentice auctioneer under a licensed auctioneer in this state; and been the principal auctioneer in at least five auctions of either real or personal property during this time period.

Anyone who properly submits an application with the board is entitled to an oral and written examination to evaluate his or her credentials.The board shall require applicants to take and pass a written and oral examination demonstrating that the applicant has a general knowledge of ethics, reading, writing, spelling, elementary arithmetic, elementary principles of land economics, and a general knowledge of the statutes of this state relating to bulk sales, auctions, brokerage, and this chapter.

The board shall require applicants to take and pass a written and oral examination demonstrating that the applicant has a general knowledge of ethics, reading, writing, spelling, elementary arithmetic, elementary principles of land economics, and a general knowledge of the statutes of this state relating to bulk sales, auctions, brokerage, and this chapter.

All licenses shall expire on September 30 of the year after their issuance and may be renewed upon payment of the applicable licensing fee as required by this chapter. Renewal of a license is possible at any time during the months specified preceding the expiration date.

When an auctioneer dismisses an apprentice or ends his or her employment with the auctioneer for any reason, the auctioneer shall deliver or mail the license of the discharged apprentice auctioneer to the board by registered or certified mail.

Bond

Each application for an auctioneer’s or apprentice auctioneer’s license must be supported by a $10,000.00 bond. The bond must be either a cash bond or a surety bond, and if the latter, it must be signed by a surety firm licensed to do business in this state. The bond shall be paid due to the board and shall be conditioned on the applicant carrying out his business in line with the requirements and intent of this chapter. The bond must be in a form that has been approved by the board. A license cannot be issued unless such a bond is lodged with the board.

Licensing of non-residents

A nonresident of this state may become an auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer in this state by following the provisions of this chapter, or a nonresident of a non licensing state may be licensed if an examination is given and passed, and the person has at least five years experience in the auction business. Furthermore, if a nonresident auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer has a lawsuit or other legal action filed and pending against him in this or any other state, the board shall not give him a license until the final disposition of this action, and then only at the board’s discretion.

The board may recognize a license issued by another state to a nonresident auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer if the other state reciprocates in kind and if the licensing criteria of such state include passing an examination of equivalent or better standards than those required by this state.

Privilege licenses

Each auctioneer must pay a state licensing fee of no more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) each year. In addition, each auctioneer must pay a county licensing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) in each county where he or she sells by auction. When an apprentice auctioneer is identified as the primary auctioneer, no privilege license is necessary.The term “auctioneer” refers to anybody who sells real estate, products, wares, merchandise, vehicles, cattle, or other valuable items at public auction. Sales for compensation without a license may be done in response to public outrage regarding any of the following:

  1. Sales for the estate of a decedent.
  2.  Sales of property conveyed by deed of trust, mortgage, judgment, or ordered to be  sold according to the mortgage, judgment, or order.
  3. All sales under legal process

Auctioneer’s Knowledge and Participation.

In civil cases where a suit for damages or commission recovery is possible, an auctioneer is liable for the actions of his/her partners, associates, or apprentice auctioneers (if the act committed is within the scope of their authority, duties, and employment), whether or not he/she had knowledge of the act. 

Because the conduct may impact licensure or entail criminal crimes, the auctioneer’s knowledge, permission, or involvement must be demonstrated under the auction license legislation.

Auction Ethics

What one does to just comply with the Alabama Auction License Law is not deemed ethical. Many auction licensees may join trade organizations like the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) or its educational arm, the Auction Marketing Institute (AMI). Professional organizations such as this one have greater expectations of its members than the state’s licensing regulations.Whether justified or not, occupations such as auctioneering have been viewed as immoral by the general public as a result of the acts of a few of its members. Negative portrayals of the auction profession emerge more frequently than positive ones.

The majority of codes of ethics are just expansions of license laws. That is to say, everyone who breaches the licensing legislation has performed an unethical conduct. Not all activities deemed unethical are in violation of the licensing laws.

How can I find out if an auctioneer or auction company is licensed? 

To find out if a particular auctioneer is licensed, search the licensee roster posted on

the Board’s website at http://www.auctioneer.state.al.us/search.aspx?sm=c_a. A listing

of licensed and exempt auction companies may be found under the Consumer section

on the main page of the Board’s website at http://www.auctioneer.state.al.us. 

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