In the United States, auctions are regulated on a state by state basis. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is a general “code of commerce” which serves as the basis for auction law and has been drafted, by many states, into their license law. Auctioneers in states that do not have a license law are required to follow UCC guidelines (Louisiana by analogy).


Auction School: Western College of Auctioneering is an approved auction school in the State of Alabama.

State Auction License Required: Yes, additionally some counties and municipalities may require a permit or licensing.

State License Required for Online-Only Auctions: No

Minimum Age: 18 apprentice, 19 license

School/ Apprenticeship Required: Yes, auctioneers are required to complete one year as an apprenticeship if they attend auction school, two years of apprenticeship if they do not attend auction school.

Bonding/ Insurance: $10,000

Licensing Period: Annually, expires September 30th

Continuing Education Required: Yes, six hours every other year (odd years).  Licensees 65 plus are exempt.

Fees: Exam $100, Background check $20, License $200

Reciprocity: AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

State Auctioneers Association:

State Real Estate Contact:

State Agency Contact:

Alabama State Board of Auctioneers

2777 Zelda Rd.

Montgomery, AL 36106


*Courtesy in part of: The National Auctioneers Association

Auctioneer License Requirements by State

In the United States, auctioneer license requirements vary from state to state. Please visit our Auctioneer License Requirements by State page for additional licensing laws and auction resources for each state.