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Kitsap County Auditor * 619 Division St
Port Orchard WA 98366-4687
360-337-7129 * Fax: 360-337-4645

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In 2011, the Licensing Division and our sub-agencies processed nearly 12,000 vessel transactions which include title transfers and license renewals. Boat owners are sometimes surprised to learn that all vessel tabs expire on June 30, unlike vehicle tabs which expire one year from the date of registration.

There are three convenient ways to renew your vehicle and vessel tabs: online, in person or by mail. In addition to the Auditor’s Office, we have five sub-agencies located throughout the county where our customers are able to renew their tabs.

Boat owners may renew their tabs up to six months in advance of the June 30 expiration date. The State Department of Licensing no longer mails renewal notices to boat owners, however, Reminders by Email are available.

I hope you find this information useful, and we at the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office wish you a safe and enjoyable boating season.

We are now able to accept all Visa debit cards in the Licensing Office and our sub-agencies. At this time, we are still unable to accept Visa credit cards.

Washington State law now requires commercial motor vehicles to have an intrastate Department of Transportation (DOT) number by June 30. The number will be used to track vehicle ownership and the vehicle’s safety fitness rating. Owners of any vehicles that meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle must register through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Vehicles requiring a DOT number include:

·        A combination of commercial motor vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 16,001 pounds or more inclusive of a towed unit.

To learn more and apply online, visit one of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration web sites:



Elections and Voter Registration
We recently received partial federal funding for four new 24-hour ballot drop boxes. The ballot boxes meet accessibility standards and provide a safe, secure, way for voters to deposit their ballots postage free.

Two of the ballot drops are already installed and available in East and West Bremerton, and Port Orchard for the April 17 Special Election. Ballot drop boxes are open until 8 o’clock on election night. The Special Election is for voters in the North Mason Fire Protection, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, and Manchester Port districts.

As a result of the 2010 census, many voters will see changes to the districts on their ballots this year. A major change is that Kitsap County is now entirely within Congressional District 6, resulting from 2012 redistricting boundary changes. New voter registration cards with updated information will be mailed to all voters in Kitsap County in May. Voters may also use our online district search tool to view all districts within their specific voting precincts.  

We are participating in a statewide task force to ensure we are prepared to implement requirements of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239, which legalizes same-gender marriage in Washington state. The objectives of the task force are to establish procedures, and revise documentation and software which enable us to process marriage licenses and certificates.

The law is scheduled to go into effect on June 7. However, opponents of the bill are gathering signatures to put the proposed law before voters in the November General Election.

If a referendum is filed with sufficient signatures by June 6:

·        The law is placed on hold and does not go into effect

·        A referendum goes on the November General Election ballot

·        If the bill is upheld, the law goes into effect on Dec. 6

·        If the bill is repealed, then the law does not go into effect

If a referendum is not filed by June 6:

·        Same-gender couples would need to apply for and receive marriage licenses/certificates

·        Registered domestic partnerships of same-gender couples where one partner is less than 62-years old on June 30, 2014, will be automatically converted to marriages

Financial Services
Our efforts to automate accounts payable continue. Automating accounts payable will allow departments to access records online, while eventually eliminating the need to store paper records.

This project involves three phases:

·        Create a system for all departments to scan and send their documentation to us for validation

·        Convert the approval process from manual to electronic

·        Work with vendors to send invoices to us electronically

We are working with five departments within the county on the first phase of the project. By coordinating with other departments, we are able to establish an efficient process for scanning and submitting financial documentation while maintaining our current workload.

County Commissioners recognized us for receiving our 14th consecutive Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for fiscal year 2010 at their March 26 meeting. This Certificate of Achievement is among the highest forms of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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Last Updated:  December 29, 2016

Dolores Gilmore
County Auditor (D)

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