The current owners of Washington’s 286,597 registered boats and watercraft will receive a postcard this week encouraging them to sign up to receive annual registration renewal reminders by email because paper renewal notices are being discontinued. Paper renewal notices for boats and other watercraft are being discontinued to save about $150,000 per year and to gain the environmental benefits of sending them electronically.
Signing up is fast and easy. The reminders will link to a DOL webpage that provides fee details and the necessary information to renew online. Renewing online can have new registration decals ordered and on their way within minutes of receiving the reminder notice. Boat registrations also can be renewed in person, but the owner should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to a neighborhood vehicle licensing office.
UPDATE: Please sign up for this new service using the DOL email renewal reminder page on the DOL website. When signing up, please do not enter the first “WN” characters from your vessel registration number. Skip the “WN” portion and enter the rest in the correct box on the online form to complete your request for email renewal reminders for your boat or watercraft. DOL is currently working to make this step of the process work better.
Boat and watercraft registrations all expire on the same day every year—June 30. In addition to sending email renewal notices for boats each year, DOL will send an annual press release to help remind owners to renew their boat registrations and post reminders on the agency’s website, blog and Facebook page.
DOL also would like everyone to consider signing up for email renewal reminders for cars and trucks, but paper renewal notices for those will continue to be sent unless owners choose to receive an email reminder.
“These cost savings are immediate and substantial,” Luce said. “Every time we send a boat or vehicle owner an email renewal notice instead of paper, the state saves 55 cents.”