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Those acting as auctioneers, or otherwise engaged in the auction business, are required to be licensed in some states in the United States.

Generally speaking, states in the eastern-half of the United States require licensing, where the states in the western-half of the United States do not.

However, each state has their own licensing requirements (or lack thereof) and across the United States, this requirement varies substantially.

Some states require schooling, testing, apprenticeship, a bond, continuing education and associated fees; other states require nothing of the kind.

We’ve previously written numerous articles about auctioneer licensing and one such article regarded if auctioneer licensing was good or bad:

As well, we wrote about when an auctioneer license may not be needed, even in a state where such licensing is otherwise required:

Our list below (as of November 14, 2014) gives a summary of each state’s (and the District of Columbia’s) requirements, as well as a link to each state’s related website.

  1. Alabama http://www.auctioneer.state.al.us
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test, Bond & CE
  2. Alaska http://www.law.state.ak.us/
    Some local licensing/permits
  3. Arizona http://www.revenue.state.az.us
    Some local licensing/permits
  4. Arkansas http://www.aralb.com/index.html
    Statewide licensing, Bond/Recovery fund & CE
  5. California http://www.ss.ca.gov
    Some local licensing/permits, Bond
  6. Colorado http://www.dora.state.co.us/real-estate
    Some local licensing/permits
  7. Connecticut http://www.ct.gov/dcp
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  8. Delaware http://www.state.de.us/revenue
    State business license and some local licensing/permits
  9. District of Columbia http://dcra.dc.gov/DC/DCRA/For+Business/Apply+for+a+Business+License/Inspected+Sales+and+Services+License+Information/Get+an+Auctioneer+License
    State business license
  10. Florida http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/auct/auc_index.shtml
    Statewide licensing, Auction school or Apprenticeship, Test & Bond/Recovery fund
  11. Georgia http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/auctioneer/
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Test, Bond/Recovery fund & CE
  12. Hawaii http://hawaii.gov/dcca
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  13. Idaho http://www.sos.idaho.gov
    Some local licensing/permits
  14. Illinois http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/auctioneers.asp
    Statewide licensing, Test, CE & Online auctioneer registration
  15. Indiana http://www.in.gov/pla/auction.htm
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Test, CE

  16. Iowa http://sos.iowa.gov/
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  17. Kansas http://www.kssos.org/
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  18. Kentucky http://auctioneers.ky.gov
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test, Recovery fund & CE
  19. Louisianna http://www.lalb.org/licensing.php
    Statewide licensing, Auction school or Apprenticeship, Test & Bond
  20. Maine http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/auctioneers/index.htm
    Statewide licensing, Test & Bond
  21. Maryland http://www.dat.state.md.us/
    Some local licensing/permits
  22. Massachusetts http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/government/oca-agencies/dos-lp/dos-licensing/dos-auctioneers/
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Test & Bond
  23. Michigan http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35414_60647_46937—,00.html
    Voluntary registration
  24. Minnesota http://www.sos.state.mn.us
    Local licensing/permits & Bond
  25. Mississippi http://www.auctioneers.ms.gov/msac/web.nsf/webpages/HomeLN_HomePage?OpenDocument
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test & Bond
  26. Missouri http://sos.mo.gov/
    Local licensing/permits & Bond
  27. Montana http://www.doj.mt.gov/
    Local licensing/permits & Bond
  28. Nebraska http://www.sos.ne.gov
    Some local licensing/permits
  29. Nevada http://www.nvsos.gov
    Some local licensing/permits
  30. New Hampshire http://www.sos.nh.gov/auctioneers/
    Statewide licensing, Auction school or apprenticeship, Test & Bond
  31. New Jersey http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/
    Some local licensing/permits
  32. New Mexico http://www.sos.state.nm.us
    Some local licensing/permits
  33. New York http://www.dos.ny.gov
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  34. North Carolina http://www.ncalb.org
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test, Recovery fund & CE
  35. North Dakota http://www.psc.nd.gov/jurisdiction/auctions/index.php
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship & Bond
  36. Ohio http://www.agri.ohio.gov/auction/
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test & Bond/Recovery fund
  37. Oklahoma http://www.sos.ok.gov
    Some local licensing/permits
  38. Oregon http://www.sos.state.or.us
    Some local and/or property specific licensing/permits
  39. Pennsylvania http://www.dos.state.pa.us/auct
    Statewide licensing, Auction school and/or Apprenticeship, Test & Bond
  40. Rhode Island http://www.dbr.ri.gov/divisions/commlicensing/auctioneer.php
    Statewide licensing, Auction school and/or Apprenticeship, Test & Bond
  41. South Carolina http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Auctioneers
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test, Bond & CE
  42. South Dakota http://www.sdsos.gov
    Some local licensing/permits
  43. Tennessee http://www.tn.gov/commerce/boards/auction
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship, Test, Recovery fund & CE
  44. Texas http://www.tdlr.state.tx.us/auc/auction.htm
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Test, Recovery fund & CE
  45. Utah http://www.utah.gov/
    Some local licensing/permits
  46. Vermont http://www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/Auctioneers
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Apprenticeship & Test
  47. Virginia http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Auctioneers/
    Statewide licensing, Auction school, Test, Bond & CE
  48. Washington http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/auctioneers/
    Statewide licensing & Bond
  49. West Virginia http://www.wvagriculture.org/auctioneers.html
    Statewide licensing, Auction school and/or Apprenticeship, Test, Bond & CE
  50. Wisconsin http://drl.wi.gov/profession.asp?profid=71&locid=0
    Statewide licensing & CE
  51. Wyoming http://www.wyoming.gov/
    Some local licensing/permits

It is important to note that auctioneer licensing laws change periodically. As well, links to such state agencies change as well.

If auctioneer licensing interests you, please use this guide, but was well talk with others already in the auction business in the state or area of interest; they often know the most current status of licensing laws.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College and is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.