It’s time to renew: 2013 boat decals expire June 30

May 23, 2013

Everett Marina with Mt. Baker

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OLYMPIA—Boating season is here, and the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals is right around the corner. All Washington state boat registrations expire on June 30.

Don’t let an expired registration spoil your day; remember to renew before you get out on the water.

 Boat registrations can be renewed online at the DOL website or in person at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. Those who choose to renew at an office should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to the office. 

 Due to budget cuts, DOL discontinued paper renewal notices for boats in 2010 and instead offered boat owners the opportunity to sign up to receive email renewal reminders. It’s too late to sign up for an email renewal reminder for this year, but boat owners can sign up online at dol.wa.gov to receive renewal reminders by email in the future.

Skip a Trip — Go Online. The Department of Licensing has a wide variety of consumer services available online. Please visit our website at dol.wa.gov.



New, faster vehicle and boat title service now available

April 26, 2012

Vehicle and boat owners who find themselves in a situation where they need a title certificate immediately now have a new service option called a Quick Title.

A Quick Title is an official certificate of ownership provided to a vehicle or boat owner across the counter at the time a title transaction is processed. Quick Title services are available in 16 locations around our state.

The key benefit of a Quick Title is speed. A title processed normally can take a month or more to arrive in the mail. In most circumstances, this doesn’t present any problems for vehicle or boat owners. However, sometimes an owner will lose a title and need an immediate replacement to prove ownership or sell the vehicle to someone else.

The fee to get a Quick Title is $50. This is in addition to all other fees and taxes due at the time of the transaction. Quick Titles are not available for vehicles reported to DOL as destroyed or for vehicles classified as not eligible for road use.

People seeking a Quick Title must have all of the necessary title documentation completed and ready for processing at the time of the transaction. This documentation will be carefully reviewed for completeness and accuracy before the transaction is processed.

Vehicle and boat licensing offices currently offering Quick Title services include:

  • Benton County Auditor’s Office in Kennewick
  • Clark County Auditor’s Office in Vancouver
  • Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office in Kelso
  • Franklin County Auditor’s Office in Pasco
  • Jefferson County Auditor’s Office in Port Townsend
  • King County Records and Licensing Services in Seattle
  • Kitsap County Auditor’s Office in Port Orchard
  • Klickitat County Auditor’s Office in Goldendale
  • Lincoln County Auditor’s Office in Davenport
  • Pierce County Auditor’s Office in Tacoma
  • Skagit County Auditor’s Office in Mount Vernon
  • Snohomish County Auditor’s Office in Everett
  • Spokane County Auditor’s Office in Spokane
  • Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office in Walla Walla
  • Whatcom County Auditor’s Office in Bellingham
  • Whitman County Auditor’s Office in Colfax

Quick Title counter service is not available at the Department of Licensing headquarters office in Olympia or at any location in Thurston County. But more counties are expected to begin offering this service in the future.


Boat email renewal reminders make for smooth sailing

March 24, 2011

by Mark Horner

Everett Marina with Mt. BakerOwn a boat (or know someone who does)? Here’s an important story.

Due to state budget cuts, registration renewal reminders for boats are no longer being sent out in the mail. However, there’s a simple solution.

Boat owners can sign-up to receive renewal reminders by email. Signing-up typically takes a minute-or-less on the Department of Licensing’s website

Yep—it’s really simple,  really fast, and super convenient.

If you know other boat owners, it’s likely that they’d want to know about this change and would also like to continue receiving boat renewal reminders.  Feel free to share this blog post.  If you have a website or blog, you’re certainly welcome to embed the video below into your site.


Boat license stickers expire Thursday

June 30, 2010

Tomorrow (Thursday) is an important day for boat owners in Washington state.  Don’t get caught high-and-dry without a boat license.  DOL just sent out a news release on this important topic statewide.  We thought we’d share it here, too:

OLYMPIA—Boating is a popular activity on the Fourth of July holiday and the Department of Licensing doesn’t want an expired boat license to cost you a $257 fine this weekend. All of last year’s boat licenses will be expired on July 1.

 Boat licenses can be renewed online at dol.wa.gov or at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. Those who choose to renew in an office should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to the office.

 DOL also would like to remind boaters that haven’t yet signed up for email renewal reminders to visit the agency’s website at dol.wa.gov to sign up to receive a reminder next year.


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