Submitted by the Thurston County Auditor’s Office
Today, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office launched its “Beat the Rush” campaign to promote early boat registration renewals. In Washington, all boat registrations expire June 30, right as boating season picks up. Each year, the Auditor’s Office sees a rush of boat owners renewing their tabs as the deadline approaches, resulting in wait times for customers.
“Customer service is critically important to us,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “Renewing has never been easier. We want to make sure boat owners understand how they can renew their boat registrations and why it’s best to renew well before the deadline.”
Boat owners can renew their boat registrations online through the Department of Licensing, at one of eight local licensing subagencies located across Thurston County or directly at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Olympia.
Boat owners can renew their registration for the upcoming boat season any time starting January 1. As long as registrations are current, renewals are valid through June 30 of the upcoming year and the fees are the same regardless of when and how you renew.
In 2016, Thurston County issued 8,091 boat registrations. Thirty-eight percent of those renewed after the June 30 deadline, when tabs expire. Owners caught driving a boat with an expired registration are subject to a $125 ticket.
Questions about boat registration renewals? Read this FAQ or call the Thurston County Auditor’s Licensing & Recording Division at 360.786.5406.
The award-winning Thurston County Auditor’s Office provides licensing services to the general public, including vehicle, boat, marriage and pet licenses. For more information, visit us at www.thurstonauditor.org.