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 Illinois.

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

State License Required for Online-Only Auctions: Yes

Minimum Age: 18

School/ Apprenticeship Required: No

Licensing Period: Two years, expires December 31 on even years

Continuing Education: Yes, 12 hours every two years

Fees: License $100, Exam fees may apply

Reciprocity: AL, AR, FL, IN, MA, MS, OH, TN, TX, WI

State Auctioneers Association:

State Real Estate Contact:

State Agency Contact:

Illinois Auction Advisory Board

320 West Washington St., 3rd Floor

Springfield, IL 62786


Additional Resources

Are you interested in attending an auctioneer school? Please use the following resources to learn more about auction school and the auctioneering industry. Or, learn more about our Entry Level or our Advanced Level auctioneering courses.

How Do I Become an Auctioneer?

How Much Does Auction School Cost?

How Long Is Auctioneer School?

Auctioneer License Requirements by State

Register for Entry Level Auctioneer Course

Register for Advanced Auctioneer Course

*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.