The Seal of the Great State of Washington

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 Washington.

State Auction License Required: Yes.

License Required for Online-Only Auctions: Yes. A company license would be required when the items/property and/or company is located in the state of Washington.

Minimum Age: 18 years of age

School/ Apprenticeship Required: No.

Bonding/ Insurance: $5,000

License Period: One year

Continuing Education Required: No

Fees: License and renewal are $155

Reciprocity: N/A

State Auctioneers Association:

State Real Estate Contact:

State Agency Contact:

Washington Department of Licensing

Auctioneer Program

P.O. Box 9026

Olympia, WA 98507


*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.