Boat owners: It’s time to buy new registration decals


vessel email renewal reminderSummer boating is right around the corner, and so is the deadline for renewing boat and watercraft registration decals. In Washington state, all boat registrations expire on June 30.

Owners of boats and watercraft received a postcard in April informing them DOL won’t mail paper renewal reminders for boats and other watercraft anymore because the funding used to print and mail them was eliminated. The postcard invited these owners to sign up online at dol.wa.gov to receive renewal reminders by email.

DOL will send out boat and watercraft email renewal reminders to those who signed up for them on June 9. To receive one of these reminders, boat owners have to sign up at the DOL website no later than June 8. Owners who sign up after this date will not receive a renewal reminder for their boat until next year. 

Boat registrations can be renewed online and in person 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.

4 Responses to Boat owners: It’s time to buy new registration decals

  1. W. Frederick Winge says:

    Please send me an email reminder.

    • DOL Blog says:

      Hello, Mr. Winge,

      If you want to receive an email reminder, you will need to sign up through the DOL website. There is a link to where you need to do this in the story above. Thanks for your interest.

  2. Cindy R says:

    There is no option to mail in a check anywhere on this website. There is only a credit card option. I do not with to travel to an office. Apparently, if we sign up for email reminders, which have a mail-in option, that’s only for next year. Is anyone aware of this loophole? I’m going to go ahead and just send in the information that I find on your website and see what happens, because I’ve never received a response on this blog, nor via email.

    • DOL Blog says:

      Hello Cindy,
      I’m sorry your attempts to contact us have not been successful. If you would like to renew by mail, please contact our Customer Service Center at 360-902-3770. They will help you determine how much you owe this year and let you know where to send it. Email reminder notices are not going to be a one-year solution; we are going to keep sending them every year to those who sign up.

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