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How to get your license: Auctioneer

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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