Auctioneer Licenses

Principal, Apprentice and Livestock Auctioneers

An "auctioneer" or "principal auctioneer" means any person who offers, negotiates, or attempts to negotiate a listing contract, sale, purchase, or exchange of goods, chattels, merchandise, real or personal property, or of any other commodity which may lawfully be kept or offered for sale by or at public auction, or who sells the same at auction and who is allowed to supervise one (1) or more apprentice auctioneers.

An "apprentice auctioneer" means any person who is employed or supervised, directly or indirectly, by an auctioneer to deal or engage in any activity listed in KRS 330.

A "livestock auctioneer" means any auctioneer whose professional activities are limited to the sale of livestock at fixed based livestock yards operating under the control and guidance of the United States of America pursuant to the Federal Packers and Stockyards Act.

The Board does not issue licenses for firms or companies. The licensee provides one business address. The license is printed and mailed to a licensee's business address. All other correspondence from the Board is addressed to the licensee's home/mailing address.

Licensure Requirements

  • (1) Good repute, trustworthy, and competent to transact the business for which the license is granted.
  • (2) At least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • (3) A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • (4A) Principal Auctioneer Applicant licensed as an apprentice prior to July 1, 2010 or after July 1, 2015: licensed as a Kentucky Apprentice Auctioneer for a minimum of one year, actively and materially participated in at least ten auctions, successfully completed at least eighty (80) hours of approved classroom instruction from a board-approved auction education provider, successful completion of the principal auctioneer examination, and remittance of the initial licensure fee.
  • (4B) Apprentice Auctioneer Applicant shall be required to successfully complete twelve (12) hours of pre-license education obtained from a Board approved provider, sponsored by a Kentucky licensed principal auctioneer, successful completion of the apprentice examination and remittance of the initial licensure fee.
  • (5) A FBI  background report that is less than sixty (60) days old. (see information below)


Learn More About the Examination Process


FBI Report

Individuals planning to apply for a Kentucky auctioneer license must request a copy of their identification record (FBI Background report) prior to applying for an initial license or reactivating a license from escrow status.
The first step is to go to your local law enforcement agency and have your fingerprints taken.
Next you will need to go to the FBI website (listed below) and follow the instructions to submit your fingerprint card.
Contact the FBI office for additional assistance at 304-625-5590.
Once you receive the report, you will submit that with your completed license application and any other required documents.
To obtain an FBI report:
Report mailed to you                                    
Avg. Processing Time: One week  

Fingerprint cards can be obtained from the following sources:

We strongly recommend that you obtain your fingerprints at a local law enforcement agency (police station, sheriff's office, etc.) Note: The Kentucky State Police charge $10 for fingerprinting.

Report information:
  • All FBI reports expire 90 days after the report date of issuance.
  • The Board of Auctioneers cannot issue a license without a valid FBI report.
  • You have 45 days to apply for your license after successfully passing the exam.