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 District of Columbia.

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

License Required for Online-Only Auctions: Yes.

Minimum Age: 18

School/ Apprenticeship Required: No

Bonding/ Insurance Required: Verify with Agency contact below

Licensing Period: Two years

Continuing Education Required: No

Fees: $740.30

Reciprocity: N/A

State Real Estate Contact:

State Agency Contact:

D.C. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs

1100 4th St. SW

Washington, DC 20024


*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.