March 24, 2011
by Mark Horner
Own 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.
January 21, 2010
Updated February 3, 2009 to include video
By Brad Benfield
Signing up is fast and easy on the DOL website
Vehicle owners in Washington now have the opportunity to save themselves time and help save money and the environment by signing up to receive their vehicle renewal notices via email. You can sign up for email renewal notices through the agency’s website at http://www.dol.wa.gov, when renewing tabs online, or at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office.
Email renewal notices provide all of the information on a traditional paper renewal notice. They also have a direct link to DOL’s online vehicle tab renewal system. Using the link to the online renewal system, you can have new tabs ordered and on their way within minutes of receiving the notice.
More and more people become accustomed to receiving bills and bank statements over the Internet and the agency is hoping people embrace email renewal notices, too. If just our customers who regularly use the Internet to renew their tabs sign up for email renewal, DOL would avoid printing 1 million notices over the next year. This would save:
- 2,000 reams of paper and 2 million envelopes — or approximately 150 trees.
- Approximately $500,000 in printing and mailing costs.
As with paper renewal notices, vehicle owners signing up for the new service will receive their email renewal notice about a month before their tabs expire. You also don’t have to worry about not getting a renewal notice if you change your email address and forget to tell us. We will try several times to send an email renewal notice, but if we can’t reach you that way we will send a traditional paper notice.