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Auctioneer's license

Applications for auctioneer licenses are submitted in your county of residence. In Hennepin County, you may apply through the mail or by drop off.

COVID-19 response

Drop-off or mail-in transactions whenever possible. If you need in-person help, review the requirements and schedule an appointment.

Walk-in services are not available. Anyone without an appointment will be asked to leave.

Requirements when visiting county buildings

  • All visitors to county facilities who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings in county buildings, but are welcome to do so.
  • Fully vaccinated means that it has been 14 days after the last dose in a person's vaccine series. Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter county facilities.
  • You do not have to be vaccinated to enter a county facility.
  • Learn more about requirements when visiting county buildings.
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All applicants for an auctioneer license must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Submit a surety bond of $1,000

Minnesota applicants must have resided in Hennepin County for the past six (6) months.

Non-residents of Minnesota must also attach the following to their application:

Applications should be submitted by mail. We accept check, money order or cashier's checks. Credit cards are not accepted.

Remote application process

  1. Complete the auctioneer license application (PDF)
  2. Gather the following"
  3. Submit your application and payment:

    Director of Licensing — Auctioneer
    Hennepin County Government Center
    300 South 6th Street Suite A-025
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0026 

If you cannot use a remote option:



  • $20

Additional information

  • Applicants from out of state should apply at least three weeks prior to the auction.
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