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How to get your license: Auctioneer

We have a new online service for managing professional and business licenses. Learn how to set up account access and manage your license. If you need help with the new service, please contact your professional licensing program.

We expect a processing delay for mailed applications and renewals. Renew or apply online for faster processing of your license. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Who needs a license?

You do if you:

  • Call bids at an auction.
  • Are a sole proprietorship who calls bids and arranges or manages auctions whose sales don't exceed $25,000.


Meet all of the auctioneer certificate of registration requirements.

What you’ll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online
  • A Unified Business Identification (UBI) number
  • A surety bond. The amount of the surety bond 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 surety bond requirements
Gross sales Surety Bond
$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


Create your SAW account to apply and pay your fees online.

Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

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

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