Deadline for renewing boat, watercraft decals is June 30

June 26, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — June 26, 2012

Independence Day is not far off, and state officials expect boaters and watercraft users to flock to Lake Sammamish and other waterways in the days ahead.

But before boaters set sail, owners should remember to renew boat and watercraft registrations. In Washington, all boat registrations expire June 30.

Renew registrations at the state Department of Licensing website or in person at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. For owners planning to renew in person, note the registration number on the watercraft’s bow and take the information to the office.

Due to budget cuts, the agency discontinued paper renewal notices for boats in 2010 and instead offered boat owners the opportunity to sign up to receive email renewal reminders.

The deadline to sign up for a 2012 renewal reminder is passed, but owners can sign up to receive email renewal reminders in the future at the Department of Licensing website.

The base boat registration fee is $10.50, plus state and county fees and taxes.

In Washington, owners must title and register a boat within 60 days of moving to the state or within 15 days of buying the boat, if the owner lives in Washington and bought the boat in another state.

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