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

Orca task force makes its final recommendations to Governor Inslee (video)

November 20, 2018

Les Purce (left) and Stephanie Solien of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force speaking at a news conference at the Seattle Aquarium on Friday, November 16, 2018. (WA State DOL image)

(Seattle) The effort to save a small community of killer whales from extinction took a significant step forward Friday when the Southern Resident Orca Task Force released its final recommendations to Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

According to the governor’s website:

The report details potential options to address the major threats to Southern Residents, including prey availability, toxic contaminants and disturbance from noise and vessel traffic.The governor and staff will assess each recommendation for the most impact in the short and long-term.

The governor will roll out his budget and policy priorities in mid-December for consideration during the 2019 Legislative Session.

The report features 36 recommendations largely aimed at increasing the numbers of Chinook salmon for the orcas to eat, reducing noise from boats, and better protecting the orcas from pollution.

The Southern Resident Orca Task Force released its final recommendations during a news conference at the Seattle Aquarium.  You can watch that entire news conference in the video below.

Additional info: 

On March 14, 2018, Governor Inslee signed Executive Order 18-02, Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force. In that order, Gov. Inslee asked the Department of Licensing to assist with outreach efforts supporting the recovery of the Southern Resident Orcas.

Boat email renewal reminders make for smooth sailing

March 24, 2011

by Mark Horner

Everett Marina with Mt. BakerOwn 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.

Boat license stickers expire Thursday

June 30, 2010

Tomorrow (Thursday) is an important day for boat owners in Washington state.  Don’t get caught high-and-dry without a boat license.  DOL just sent out a news release on this important topic statewide.  We thought we’d share it here, too:

OLYMPIA—Boating is a popular activity on the Fourth of July holiday and the Department of Licensing doesn’t want an expired boat license to cost you a $257 fine this weekend. All of last year’s boat licenses will be expired on July 1.

 Boat licenses can be renewed online at or 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.

 DOL also would like to remind boaters that haven’t yet signed up for email renewal reminders to visit the agency’s website at to sign up to receive a reminder next year.