Renew your boat registration by June 30 or risk being stranded in early July

June 14, 2021

Photo of a boat with the words, "Renew now!"Shore up your registrations now, boaters, or risk being stranded during the Fourth of July weekend.

In Washington state, boat registrations are due to be renewed by the end of June. And there’s some added urgency this year: Most licensing services, including vessel renewals, will be unavailable for several days in early July while we upgrade our systems. This includes both online and in-person services, so don’t wait.

Registration decals are good for the period of July 1 through June 30 each year.

If your boat is currently registered, go online to renew for the coming year. You can also visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office.

If your registration is expired:

  • You can renew online for the current registration year only (before June 30).
  • You can renew online for the coming registration year only after you’ve renewed for the current year.
  • If you have not registered for the current year and wish to renew for the coming year, visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office as early as July 6, after services resume.

If you are purchasing a boat or bringing one in from out of state, you must register it within 15 days.

Want to receive reminders by email? Sign up at dol.wa.gov — just scroll to the bottom and click on “Get or update email reminders.” It takes less than a minute.

If you need further assistance, please call 360-902-3770.


Hurry! Most licensing services will be unavailable in early July while we upgrade our systems

June 2, 2021

Service alert: Most online and in-person services will be unavailable for several days in early July while we upgrade our systems.In early July, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will upgrade its driver, vehicle, and vessel licensing system. Most online and in-person services will be unavailable during the update.

Please plan ahead and go online to do your DOL business before the outage. An appointment is required to visit a driver licensing office. Due to high demand, you could wait weeks before getting in.

If you’re planning on boating during the Fourth of July weekend, be aware that all vessel registrations/decals are due for renewal by June 30. Act now to avoid being stranded.

Our services will be temporarily unavailable as follows:

  • Online services involving vehicles and vessels, including registration renewals, will be down at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5.
  • Driver licensing-related online services will be down at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5. Vehicle licensing offices will be closed to in-person business during this time.
  • Driver licensing offices will be closed Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5.

Normal operations will resume Tuesday, July 6.

The upgrade will make our systems more user-friendly. Enhancements include an improved appointment scheduling tool and fewer steps when pre-applying for a driver license or identification card.

Business and Professional Licensing

Business and professional licensing services are unaffected by the outage and will remain online.


Celebrate Earth Day by signing up for email renewal reminders

April 22, 2021

Sign up for email renewal reminders at dol.wa.govApril 22 is recognized globally as Earth Day, an annual event to promote awareness of environmental issues. As a motorist or boater, there are many ways you can support a healthier environment. One way is easy: go paperless and sign up for renewal reminders by email.

When you sign up, you’ll get email reminders with your expiration date, fees, and renewal options. No more paper notices to get lost in the mail or accidentally thrown out in the recycling.

Signing up for email reminders takes only a minute.

There are two easy ways to sign up:

Logging in to License eXpress

  • Create or log in to your free License eXpress (LX) account.
  • Click on “Update email renewal notices” (driver license/ID) or “Email renewal reminders” (vehicle/vessel registration) on the right-hand side. If you want reminders for both your license/ID and your registrations, you must sign up for each separately.
  • Follow the simple prompts.

Without logging in

  • Visit the Department of Licensing website – dol.wa.gov – and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Click on “Get or update email reminders” (vehicle/vessel registration only; for license/ID, you must use License eXpress).
  • Follow the simple prompts.

That’s all there is to it!

Thank you for doing your part to reduce our impact on the planet.


Ahoy! Vessel registration renewals are due by June 30

April 16, 2020

It’s that time again, boaters: To stay valid, boat registrations are due to be renewed by June 30 each year in Washington state.

Registration decals are good for the period of July 1 through June 30 of each year. If your boat is currently registered, go online to renew for the coming year. You can also visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office, many of which remain open during the “stay home, stay healthy” order. Mail-in renewal may also be an option.

If your registration is expired:

  • You can renew online for the current registration year only (before June 30).
  • You can renew online for the coming registration year only after you’ve renewed for the current year.
  • If you have not registered for the current year and wish to renew for the coming year, visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office after July 1.

If you are purchasing a boat or bringing one in from out of state, you must register it within 15 days.

Want to receive reminders by email? Sign up at the dol.wa.gov — just scroll to the bottom and click on “Get or update email reminders.” It takes less than a minute.

If you need further assistance, please call 360-902-3770.


Reminder: All boat registration renewals in Washington state are due by June 30

June 7, 2019

Boat registrations in Washington must be renewed by June 30.

As boating season revs up, make sure you’re not left high and dry. To stay valid, boat registrations are due to be renewed by June 30 each year in Washington state.

Registration decals are good for one year, beginning on July 1. If your boat is currently registered, go online to renew for the coming year. You can also visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office.

If your registration is expired:

  • You can renew online for the current registration year only (before June 30).
  • You can renew online for the coming registration year only after you’ve renewed for the current year.
  • If you have not registered for the current year and wish to renew for the coming year, visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office after July 1.

If you are purchasing a boat or bringing one in from out of state, you must register it within 15 days.

Want to receive reminders by email? Sign up at the Department of Licensing website — just scroll to the bottom and click on “Get or update email reminders.” It takes less than a minute.

If you need further assistance, please call 360-902-3770 or email CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov.