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State Board of Auctioneer Examiners

The State Board of Auctioneer Examiners regulates the practice and licensure of auctioneers, apprentice auctioneers, auction companies, registered trading assistants and registered trading assistant companies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to protect the public from misrepresentation incompetency, bad faith and dishonesty. It is the Board’s duty to issue, control auctioneer licenses, apprentice auctioneer licenses, trading assistant registrations, trading assistant company registrations and auction company licenses for individuals, partnerships, associations, limited liability companies and corporations who qualify for such. In addition, the Board oversees the preparation and administration of the examination to attain an auctioneer license.


Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.



Reactivation of an Inactive or Expired License: 

Applications for reactivation of an inactive or expired license are now online.  You must apply online by logging into your PALS account at www.pals.pa.gov.  The reactivation application can be accessed by clicking on the green pencil icon found to the left of your license number.  After clicking on the green pencil icon, a “Reactivation” button will appear, click on it and following the directions to reactivate your license.  

Auctioneer license inactive or expired 7 or more years-Any individual to whom an auctioneer license has been issued and whose license has been in an inactive or nonrenewed status shall be required to submit to and pass an examination.  You must apply online for a predetermination by logging into your PALS account at www.pals.pa.gov.  Click on the green pencil icon found to the left of your license number.  After clicking on the green pencil icon, a “Reactivation Eligibility” button will appear, click on it, and complete the application.


The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Board of Auctioneer Examiners (Board) is calling licensees about the status of their license.  The scammer asks for credit card information.  Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.

Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

BPOA and/or Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.
If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.
Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.