How to get your license: Auction company

Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

Who needs a license?

You do if your business:

  • Sells or offers to sell goods or real estate.
  • Arranges, sponsors, or manages auctions.

How to apply

First review requirements for registration, then mail the following:

  • Auctioneer/Auction Company Registration Application.
  • Financial Certification Affidavit (Included in application packet).
  • Surety bond (Included in packet). See Bond requirements below.
  • Tax registration number – Unified Business Identification (UBI).
  • If you hold client funds more than 24 hours, you must have a trust account (see RCW 18.11.230).
  • Fee – Check or money order payable to Department of Licensing.
  • Mail to:
    Auctioneer Program
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3856
    Seattle, WA 98124-3856

Bond requirements

The amount of the bond you’ll need depends 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 Bond/security amount
$0–$24,999.99 $5,000
$25,000–$49,999.99 $10,000
$50,000–$99,999.99 $15,000
$100,000–$499,999.99 $20,000
$500,000 or more $25,000
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