Auctioneer Licensing Requirements
There is no U.S. federal law regulating auctions. Each State has different requirements for licensing, education, bonding, fees and other aspects of conducting an auction. While, not all states require licensing, all states do have laws and/or regulations covering the auction industry. The Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) is the basis for auction laws in most states.
While some states may not specifically require an auctioneer license, there may be other requirements for operating an auction business in the State or various Local jurisdictions.
Of course, in most states, there are other business requirements, in addition to any specific licensing requirements for an auctioneer or auction house.
Below are links to the State Agencies for Auction Laws and Auctioneer Licensing for the States in the U.S.A.
(Note: As not all states have their laws posted on the internet, if you find additional references, please send them to us.)
State Auction Laws
Use the "drop-down" list to quickly find links to State Auction Laws. Upon selecting the State, you will be directed to a link below.
Note: Clicking on the State below will open a new window to the various government boards and licensing requirements, or it will direct you to other Notes as indicated by the Numbers in Brackets [ ] for additional information or links.
Alaska - No State License 
Arizona - No State License 
California - No State License 
Colorado - No State License 
Connecticut - No State License 
District of Columbia 
Hawaii - No State License 
Idaho - County Licensing Required 
Iowa - No State License 
Kansas - Special Requirements 
Maryland - No State License 
Michigan - No State License 
Minnesota - No State License 
Missouri - No State License 
Montana - No State License 
Nebraska - No State License 
Nevada - No State License 
New Jersey - No State License 
New Mexico - No State License 
New York - No State License 
Oklahoma - No State License 
Oregon - No State License 
South Dakota - Real Estate Auctioneers ONLY 
Utah - No State License 
Wyoming - No State License 
 No State License requirements found as of April 2008
 Licensing requirements may exist for some cities
 Licensing requirements may exist for some cities and/or counties
 Auctioneer license required Only for Real Estate
 Kansas - No State Auctioneer License - Auction licensing requirements for specific property, such as New Goods
 While Idaho has no State Auctioneer licensing requirement, Idaho law does require every auctioneer to obtain an auctioneer's license from their county treasurer. For an annual fee, this auctioneer's license is valid for sales in any county of Idaho. See Idaho Statute
Professionalism & Ethics
When visiting an auction website, look for the Auction Verified Ethics Seal and you'll know you're dealing with those that stand out in the profession.
Learn how you can stand out from your competitors and display the Auction Ethics Seal on your website. Only Auctioneers that qualify, will show their Professionalism and gain the confidence of those that find you on the internet and they will be more likely to use your services and attend your auctions. Specific requirements must be met, prior to being awarded the priviledge of displaying this Seal of Trust.