How to get your license: Auction company

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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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