§19-2C-3. Procedure for license; Department of Agriculture as           statutory agent for licensees.

                                            (a) An applicant for an auctioneer license shall:

                                            (1) Apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner;

                                            (2) Pay a nonreturnable application fee and a license fee; and

                                            (3) File a bond as required by this article.

                                            (b) The commissioner shall, within thirty days after the receipt of an application, notify the applicant of his or her eligibility to be examined at the next regularly scheduled examination, as well as the date of the examination.

                                            (c) If the license is denied, the commissioner shall refund the license fee submitted with the application to the applicant.

                                            (d) All licenses expire on December 31 of each year. A license may be renewed upon the payment of the annual renewal fee within sixty days of the expiration date. Renewals received more than sixty days after the expiration date are subject to a late renewal fee in addition to the annual renewal fee.

                                            (e) A license that has been expired for more than two years cannot be renewed until the auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer takes the written and oral examination, pays the examination fee and complies with the other requirements of this article.

                                            (f) Where an auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer requires a duplicate or replacement license or a license reflecting a change in information, the auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer shall submit the fee with the request.

                                            (g) The state Department of Agriculture is the agent for the purpose of service of process on a licensed auctioneer for any action occasioned by the performance of the duties of the auctioneer. Every licensed auctioneer, by virtue of his or her application for a license, shall be considered to have consented to the statutory agency.