Washington boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Washington. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of
Department of Licensing
Boat Registration Web Site
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|Boat Registration Overview||Washington issues both registrations and titles for all non-exempt
boats operating within its jurisdiction. These are administered by the Department of
Licensing. This state
does not issue titles or registrations for outboard motors. Boat trailer
registration and titling are required in Washington.
|Marking Requirements||Washington boat registration numbers begin with a "WA" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state
registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
|Registration Requirements||Washington registers all non-exempt power and sailboats. Coast Guard
documented vessels are also subject to registration. Exceptions include canoes,
kayaks, etc. and sailboats under 16 feet in length without a motor. A complete
listing or requirements and exemptions can be found by visiting the DOL website.
|Ownership and Liens||
Washington issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard documented. This state also has provisions for establishing boat
titles without sufficient evidence of ownership when the registration remains
uncontested after three years and there are no undisclosed security interests.
Washington has procedures for acquiring titles on abandoned boats.
|Boat Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Washington are maintained by
the Department of Licensing. This agency does not facilitate online searches for the
general public due to strict privacy laws. However, record printouts may be obtained
by an owner or otherwise qualified party by submitting a boat record request form. It is also reported
offices will check for hull numbers by telephone or verify information shown on boat title or registration certificates
in hand. Inactive boat records are purged after 6 years in this state.
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