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. 

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