Frequently Asked Questions



1.   What is the most important application response concern?  Be thorough and honest.  Incorrect or incomplete response information can and does cause license applications to be denied. 

2.   What other application issue frequently creates problems?  Failure to realize that the word ever means EVER(The exception is that subsequently expunged criminal history information does not need to be disclosed.)

3.   Will a criminal record keep me from being approved for an auctioneer or auction firm license?  Possibly, but each application is reviewed on its own merits, and on a case-by-case basis.  Further, any criminal history-based denial decision can only come following consideration and analysis of the factors listed in N.C.G.S. 93B-8.1(b)(b1) and N.C.G.S. 85B-3.2(d).

4.   I happen to have some criminal record issues in my past.  Prior to beginning any education or sending in a license application, is there a way that I can learn if my particular situation will preclude me from being issued a license?  YES.  You can see information to request a predetermination decision at or by contacting NCALB staff.

5.   Do I have to complete auctioneering school before seeking a predetermination decision from the Board?  No.  If you suspect that your criminal history may ultimately keep you from being approved for a license, you may want to request a predetermination decision from the Board prior to investing the time, energy, and expense involved in attending auction school.

6.   Why does the application ask about financial matters?  Upon being issued a license, auctioneers are permitted to assume the fiduciary duty of being trusted with the property (and proceeds from the sale of property) of their auction clients.

7.    Will adverse financial information in my past preclude me from being approved for a license?  Possibly.  The Board assesses the past and current status of applicants and may deny licensure upon determination that a demonstrated lack of financial responsibility exists.

8.   Do I have to provide a credit report?  The Board may require a current credit report in certain circumstances, including bankruptcies, unsatisfied judgments, and worthless check criminal convictions.

9.   Can I get a pre-determination decision regarding financial issues from the Board regarding financial issues prior to submitting a license application?  No.  North Carolina law requires occupational licensing boards to make criminal history-based predetermination decisions when requested, but not for any other reason.

10.  If my application is not approved by the Board, is there any opportunity to appeal that decision?  Yes.  Any applicant whose license   application has initially been denied has 30 days from the date of notification to request a formal administrative hearing before the Board.  This is an   opportunity to challenge information, present evidence, present witnesses, and offer testimony prior to the Board reaching any final agency decision.

 Other Frequently Asked Questions:

 1.   You may download a complaint form or contact this office to request that a complaint form be mailed to you. Complete the form, have it   notarized, compile any supporting information, and mail the form and the supporting information to the N.C. Auctioneer Licensing Board’s office.

 2.    If I am not going to use my license for a long period of time, can I allow it to go into a lapsed status?
 Yes, you can let your license lapse for up to two years.

 3.   Can I renew a lapsed license?
 Yes, if you have provided proof of continuing education credits you can renew your license by completing a license renewal application and submitting a $150.00 license fee and a $50.00 lapsed fee for taking the license out of a lapsed status.

 4.   Can I renew an inactive license?
 No. Licenses lapsed or suspended in excess of 24 months are not renewable. You must apply for a new license and meet all of the existing   requirements.

 5.   Why did I not receive an application to renew my license this year?
 Either you have not provided this agency with a current mailing address or you have not provided proof of completion of continuing education for the   next licensing period.

 6.   When is the deadline date to submit proof of my completion of the required continuing education?
 On or before May 15th of each year. You may fax to (919) 567-2865 or email:

 7.   Can I provide proof of completion of continuing education after the May 15th date deadline?

 8.    How many continuing education hours do I need per year?
  Four hours are required per year. 

 9.    How can I check to see if I have provided enough hours of continuing education to have met this year’s requirement?
  Please contact this office via email or telephone (919) 567-2844.  

10.  Can I use other continuing education credits from other licenses that I possess to fulfill my requirements for my auctioneer or auction   firm  license?
 Yes, Refer to 21 NCAC 04B .0819 - Alternative Compliance. (1) Academic courses at a community college, junior college, college, or university             accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in any of the following topics: (A) Accounting; (B) Finance; (C)         Business Management; (D) Business Law; (E) Economics; (F) Marketing; (G) Computer Science; or (H) Sales. (2) Completion of any real estate           course accredited by a state real estate licensing body.

11.  How often is the North Carolina auctioneer examination given?
 Six times a year, on the first Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.