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Auctioneer

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 33 states
60th most burdensome licensing requirements
31st most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Auctioneers appraise and estimate the value of items, such as paintings, antiques, jewelry, cameras, musical instruments, machinery and fixtures for loan, insurance or sale purposes and may sell merchandise at auction.

Summary

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia require a license to work as an auctioneer. On average, these laws cost aspiring auctioneers 100 days in education and training and $307 in fees and require them to take one exam -- the 60th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because auctioneers are licensed widely, it ranks as the 31st most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

License requirements for auctioneers vary widely across states. Tennessee has the most burdensome requirements at 756 days lost to education and an apprenticeship, one written and one apprenticeship exam and $650 in fees. At the other end of the spectrum, D.C. only requires an auctioneer to be 18 years old and Hawaii only has a $15 fee. Twenty-eight of the 33 states require between zero and 45 days of education and no apprenticeship.

(Last updated May 3, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Tennessee 650 756 2 12 18
2 Kentucky 305 730 2 12 18
3 West Virginia 200 730 3 0 18
4 Ohio 440 384 3 0 18
5 Alabama 350 385 2 0 19
6 Illinois 671 45 1 12 18
7 Georgia 700 19 2 12 18
8 North Carolina 614 19 2 12 18
9 Florida 1000 19 2 0 18
10 Mississippi 300 19 1 12 18
11 South Carolina 870 19 2 0 18
12 Texas 175 19 1 12 18
13 Rhode Island 725 19 1 0 18
14 Louisiana 475 19 1 0 18
15 Alaska 520 0 2 0 18
16 Massachusetts 100 19 1 0 18
17 Indiana 95 19 1 0 18
18 North Dakota 35 19 0 0 18
19 Wisconsin 135 0 1 0 18
20 South Dakota 245 19 1 0 0
21 New Hampshire 115 19 1 0 0
22 Virginia 90 19 1 0 0
23 Washington 255 0 0 0 18
24 Maine 396 0 1 0 0
25 Pennsylvania 220 5 1 0 0
26 Minnesota 20 0 0 0 18
27 Washington, D.C. 0 0 0 0 18
28 Vermont 225 9 0 0 0
29 Delaware 75 0 0 0 0
30 Missouri 52 0 0 0 0
31 California 30 0 0 0 0
32 Idaho 20 0 0 0 0
33 Hawaii 15 0 0 0 0

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