June 30: Boat Tab Renewal Deadline
By: Jared Krause, Licensing & Recording Manager

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 30—and the days leading up to it—are a busy time in the Auditor's Office. Every year on June 30, all boat licenses across Washington expire, right in time for peak boating season. Why? State law.

Boat owners can renew their registration for the upcoming year (July 1 – June 30) any time after January 1 (as long as they've already renewed for the current year), but most renewals take place close to the deadline (see graph).


Since the summer is also a busy time for many other licensing and recording transactions, like marriages and document recording for property transactions, we experience our highest volume of customers during this time. If you want to avoid the possibility of waiting in line, renewing earlier in the year or with one of our eight local subagents is your best bet.

The weather is warming up and boat season is here. We hope you enjoy your time on the water safely with family, friends, and have a lot of fun.

If you have any questions about boat registrations, visit our Tab Renewal webpage, read our Boat Tab Renewal FAQ, or give our Licensing team a call at 360.786.5406. We're here to help you enjoy the beautiful waters of Thurston County!