(OLYMPIA ) - Owners of boats and
other registered watercraft in our state are encouraged to sign up to
receive annual registration renewal reminders by email because paper
renewal notices are being discontinued this year.
Paper renewal notices for boats
and other watercraft are being discontinued to save about $150,000 per
year and to gain the environmental benefits of sending them
Signing up for email renewal
reminders is fast and easy, and they provide a link to the DOL website
that provides fee details and the necessary information to renew online.
Renewing online can have new registration decals ordered and on their
way within minutes of receiving the reminder notice.
Boat registrations also can be
renewed in person, but the owner should make sure to note the
registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that
information to a neighborhood vehicle licensing office.
"Email renewal reminders are
fast, inexpensive and have tremendous environmental benefits," DOL
Director Liz Luce said.
The current owners of
Washington's 286,597 boats and watercraft will receive a postcard this
year only letting them know that paper renewal notices are being
discontinued and offering the email alternative.
Unlike vehicle registrations,
boat and watercraft registrations all expire on the same day every
year-June 30. In addition to sending email renewal notices for boats
each year, DOL will send an annual press release to help remind owners
to renew their boat registrations and post reminders on the agency's
website, blog and Facebook page.
DOL also offers email renewal
reminders for cars and trucks, but paper renewal notices for those will
continue to be sent unless owners choose to receive an email reminder.
DOL hopes individuals signing up to receive an email renewal reminder
for their boat also will take a moment and sign up to receive reminders
for their vehicles.
"These cost savings are immediate
and substantial," Luce said. "Every time we send a boat or vehicle owner
an email renewal notice instead of paper, the state saves 55 cents."
Boat owners can sign up for email
renewal notices through the agency's website at
dol.wa.gov, when renewing their boat
online or at their neighborhood vehicle licensing office.