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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.
  • Is a sole proprietorship and your sales exceed $25,000.

Requirements

Meet all of the auction company certificate of registration requirements

What you'll need

  • A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account to apply online.
  • A Unified Business Identification (UBI).
  • Notarized Auction Company Certification Statement.
  • Surety bond. The amount 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

Online

Apply online

By mail

Send the following:

Mail to:

Auctioneer and Auction Company 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.

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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