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.



Some drivers fooled by third-party license renewal offers

February 8, 2012

Several websites targeting drivers across the country are promising easy online driver license renewals, but appear to be delivering little except credit card charges.

These companies, which appear to be located in foreign countries, are using paid advertising results on the major Internet search providers like Google and Yahoo to lure customers away from the official Department of Licensing (DOL) website. This is leading to extra fees paid to unknown companies who appear to be offering little more than services already available for free using the official DOL website.

Customers have reported these sites are charging as much as $35 dollars for “customer service” assistance in renewing a driver license. In addition many of these customers suspect these sites have sold their personal information to others for marketing purposes.

DOL posted a video on YouTube this week explaining that these websites are not associated in any way with DOL.

Doing business online with DOL and other government agencies is fast, easy and secure, but know these simple tips to make sure you are doing business with us and not an imitator:

  • Access to DOL information and forms is free on the DOL website.
  • Whenever you look at search results, keep in mind that the first several results may be paid advertising. Don’t just click on the first link; take a moment to examine your search results and pick carefully. If you need to do business with DOL, choose one that includes our “wa.gov” domain in the website address.
  • Take time to read the fine print. These sites are taking advantage of the fact that people seldom read disclaimers on websites.

VIDEO: “A time-saving scoop!”

February 18, 2010

by Mark Horner

More than ever, people in Washington state are saving time by going online to do business with the Department of Licensing.  This video takes a fun approach at showing the upward trend in online transactions for the years 2008, 2009 & 2010. 

People are going online to renew their driver license, replace a lost driver license, obtain a copy of their driving record (Abstract of Driving Record  or “ADR”) and much more.

Hope you enjoy the video.  And remember, you can “skip a trip” by going to dol.wa.gov for a variety of licensing transactions.


VIDEO: Something new at your local DOL office

September 11, 2009

by Mark Horner

From a distance it might look like an ATM or, perhaps, a 70’s video game console you once huddled-around with friends at the skate deck a generation (or more) ago.  But take a closer look and you’ll find a simple use of some modern technology that can really save you time when you visit a Licensing Service Office.

In a moment, I’ll copy and paste the DOL’s news release about this helpful technology.  And I’ll ad some bonus info, too.  But first, here’s a new video featuring the time saving machines that we’re calling, “self-service stations.”

Now, here’s today’s news release from the DOL:

New options help reduce wait times at licensing service offices

OLYMPIA—The Department of Licensing has installed self service stations in 30 licensing service offices (LSOs) around the state, so customers can skip the wait and take care of many routine online licensing transactions quickly and easily.

Installing self service stations is part of DOL’s commitment to improve service by offering several different service options. A total of 50 self service stations have been installed in 30 DOL offices across the state.

To use the self service stations, customers must pay with a debit or credit card, and be conducting routine business, such as renewing a driver license, ordering a duplicate license, or ordering vehicle tabs. See how a Self Service Station works on our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/walicensing.

Self Service Stations print a temporary driver license that cannot be used for photo identification. A permanent driver license is mailed within 10 days.

Online services from The Department of Labor and Industries are also available at these Self Service Stations. The home screen allows customers to choose which agency to do business with.

Another new service option is the ability for customers to renew their driver licenses by mail. In the first 30 days of availability, nearly 10,000 customers have skipped a trip to an LSO and instead renewed by mail. Customers eligible to use mail-in renewal will automatically receive a return envelope and instructions with their driver license renewal notice.

Eligible customers can renew their driver license online or by mail every other renewal cycle.

“People eligible to take advantage of our online or mail in service options won’t have to visit an LSO in person more than once every ten years,” DOL Director Liz Luce said. “We are thrilled to give our customers more service options than just visiting a brick and mortar location.”

These new options come as part of Governor Gregoire’s 21st Century Government plan. Under this plan, 10 LSO locations across the state are being consolidated with other offices and many new service options are being made available.

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And now—as promised—the bonus info. Here is a list of DOL office locations where you’ll find the self-service stations.  This list also includes the number of self-service stations at each location.

Bellingham, 2
West Olympia — business licensing, 1
Bremerton, 2
Centralia, 1
Downtown Seattle, 1
Everett, 2
Federal Way, 2
High Way Licensing Building (Olympia), 1
Kelso, 1
Kennewick, 1
Kent, 2
Kirkland, 2
Lacey, 1
Lynnwood, 2
Moses Lake, 1
Mount Vernon, 1
New Supercenter (Bel-Red Road, opening 10/6), 2
Parkland, 2
Pullman, 2
Puyallup, 2
Renton, 2
Shoreline, 1
Smokey Point, 2
Spokane Valley, 2
Spokane, 2
Tacoma, 2
Union Gap,  2
Vancouver East, 1
Vancouver North, 2
West Seattle, 2
Wenatchee, 1

If you use one of our self-service stations, we’d love to hear from you.  As always, we enjoy reading your comments and will carefully consider your input.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this wonderful, late-summer weather!