You need an auctioneer license to call bids at an auction. You'll also need a license if you're a sole proprietorship who calls bids and arranges auctions. The sales of the auctions can't exceed $25,00. Learn what the requirements are and how to apply.
How to apply
Follow the steps below to apply for an auctioneer license.
1. Meet the requirements
Meet all the auctioneer certificate of registration requirements.
2. Gather the necessary information
You will need all the following to apply for your auctioneer license.
A Unified Business Identification (UBI).
Apply for a business license with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to get a UBI.
A surety bond
You will need a surety bond. We base the amount you need on the gross value of the goods you sell in Washington State:
- For existing companies your gross sales during the previous calendar year
- For new companies an estimate of your gross sales during the current year
|Gross sales||Surety Bond|
|$500,000 or more||$25,000|
3. Submit your application
Choose the method that works best for you.
Submit your application online
Submit your application by mail
Complete an Auctioneer Registration Application form. This form is only available in English.
If you are an auction company, you must sign this form in the presence of a notary public.
Mail the following items to us at the address below:
- Your completed application form
- All required documents
- A check or money order (payable to Department of Licensing) for the application fee
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3856
Seattle, WA 98124-3856