For new applicants

There are two types of Auctioneer Register applications:

Individual auctioneer application

The individual application type is for individuals who operate as an auctioneer in a self-employed, sole trader manner, or as a partnership.

Company auctioneer application

The company application is for companies or partnerships that operate as auctioneers and employ auctioneers.

If your business holds a company auctioneer registration then the auctioneers you employ do not need to be registered. However, the auctioneer employees must not be disqualified under the criteria for registration. 

To register as an auctioneer:

  • You will need to apply for registration and be approved, before carrying out business as an auctioneer.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must make a declaration that you are not a disqualified person. See section 6 of the Act for a list of disqualification criteria list in the criteria for registration.
    Section 6 of the Auctioneers Act 2013 on the New Zealand Legislation website
  • You must provide a copy of your criminal record dated no earlier than six months from your application. A copy of your criminal record can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice.
  • You must pay the registration application fee of $310 (inclusive of GST). 

Process to apply to become a registered auctioneer

  1. Fill out the online application, or print the appropriate form for your entity:
  2. Apply to the Ministry of Justice for a copy of your criminal record. It may take up to 20 working days for the criminal record to be provided. If you already have a copy of your criminal record that is dated no earlier than six months from your application, you may use this.
    Visit the Ministry of Justice website to get a copy of your criminal record
  3. Send your completed application and copy of criminal records check to:
    auctioneers@mbie.govt.nz or by post
    Consumer Protection and Standards Branch – Auctioneers Register
    Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6011
  4. You will be invoiced for the registration application fee on receipt of your application.
  5. You must pay the application fee before you can be registered.
  6. Your application will be assessed once the Registrar has received a completed application.
  7. If the Registrar is satisfied you meet the registration requirements, your application will be accepted and your name/company name will be added to the register.
  8. Processing of your application (by the auctioneers Registrar) may take up to a further 20 working days.
  9. You will be issued with a registration certificate with a unique registration number and your date of registration.
  10. If your application is refused, the Registrar will let you know why within 10 days from when the decision was made.

Acknowledgement of TTMRA:

To permit registration as an auctioneer in New Zealand under the TTMRA please provide the following information.

  • Confirmation of registration as an auctioneer in Australia is required; recognition in New Zealand will be given to a comparable occupational registration.
  • Inclusion on the New Zealand Register of Auctioneers and a Certificate of Registration will be forwarded to applicants upon receipt of a correctly completed application and when subsequent verification checks have been completed. To be acknowledged as a New Zealand Auctioneer as per TTMRA:
  • If you wish to apply under the TTMRA please complete the below form and forward to the Registrar email (also below)
  • Trans-Tasman mutual recognition form [DOCX 190KB]
  • Contact: auctioneers@mbie.govt.nz

You may be exempt from registration if you:

  • Conduct charity auctions that do not take a commission or payment.
  • Are already licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 or under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003.
  • Are an employee of a registered auctioneer, instead your employer is required to ensure that you are not disqualified under the new Auctioneers Act.

Contact information

If you have any further queries about auctioneer registration, please email auctioneers@mbie.govt.nz or call 0508 822 270.

Consumer Protection and Standards Branch - Auctioneers Register
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 
PO Box 1473
Wellington 6011