(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, each application for a license issued under this chapter shall be accompanied by proof of financial responsibility in the form of either an irrevocable letter of credit or a cash bond or a surety bond in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars. If the applicant gives a surety bond, the bond shall be executed by a surety company authorized to do business in this state.
A bond shall be made payable to the department of agriculture and shall include a condition that requires the applicant to comply with this chapter and rules adopted under it, including a requirement that the person refrain from conduct described in section 4707.15 of the Revised Code. All bonds shall be on a form approved by the director of agriculture.
A licensee shall maintain proof of financial responsibility for three years following the date of initial licensure. After the three-year period, a licensee who has not engaged in conduct described in section 4707.15 of the Revised Code and has not otherwise violated this chapter or rules adopted under it during that period shall no longer be required to maintain proof of financial responsibility except as otherwise provided in this section.
A licensee whose license expires without being renewed under section 4707.10 of the Revised Code or is suspended under section 4707.15 or 4707.30 of the Revised Code shall give proof of financial responsibility in accordance with this section in order to obtain reinstatement or reactivation of the license.
(B) Division (A) of this section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) A licensee whose license was issued prior to July 1, 2003, provided that the license continues to be renewed under section 4707.10 of the Revised Code and is not suspended under section 4707.15 or 4707.30 of the Revised Code;
(2) An apprentice auctioneer licensee whose license was issued under section 4707.09 of the Revised Code prior to July 1, 2003, and who applies for an auctioneer's license under section 4707.07 of the Revised Code on or after July 1, 2003, provided that the apprentice auctioneer's license is not suspended under section 4707.15 or 4707.30 of the Revised Code, and, if necessary, continues to be renewed under section 4707.10 of the Revised Code, prior to the issuance of the auctioneer's license to the applicant;
(3) An auction firm license that is issued under section 4707.074 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42,HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.
Effective Date: 07-01-2003; 05-06-2005