How to get your license: Auction company

Who needs a license?

You must have an auction company registration if your business:

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

What you’ll need

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

How to apply

Send your completed application, surety bond information, financial certification affidavit, and a check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing) to:

Auctioneer Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3856
Seattle, WA 98124-3856

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