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The Department's offices in the North Office Building remain closed to the public. The Department of State continues to serve the public during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
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- have worked in a licensed profession or applied for a professional license in PA; OR
- moved to PA in the last 5 years.
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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.
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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.
IF YOUR LICENSE IS EXPIRED YOU MUST CONTACT THE BOARD OFFICE TO REQUEST A REACTIVATION APPLICATION.
Please provide your license number and full name as it appears on your license when emailing or calling the Board office. If you do not know your license number, you can search for your license at
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.