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 Wisconsin.

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

State License Required for Online-Only Auctions: Yes, when auction is conducted by a person; no, when the auction is conducted by software only. For complete details, contact the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Minimum Age: 18

School/ Apprenticeship Required: No

License Period: Two years, expires December 14 on even years

Continuing Education Required: 12 hours every two years

Fees: Exam & License $201, Renewal $170

Reciprocity: AR, IL, KY, NC, TN, TX

State Auctioneers Association:

State Real Estate Contact:

State Agency Contact:

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

P.O. Box 8935

Madison, WI 53708


*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.