Boaters visiting Washington may recreate on state waters for up to 60 days without a permit as long as the vessel is registered in another state or has current U.S. Coast Guard documentation. If you plan to be on Washington waters longer, apply for a permit on or before the 60th day of your visit. To get a permit, visit any Vehicle Licensing Office, bring your unexpired state vessel registration and identification from your state. You may renew the permit once for an additional 60 days. When the renewed permit expires, you must either register your boat in Washington or remove your boat from Washington waters.
If vessel is documented by U.S. Coast Guard, a copy of documentation papers is required. Owners who appear on Certificate of Documentation must be present to sign vessel application.
Out-of-state titles or registration certificates. If your boat was purchased in a state that only requires registration, then this is the ownership document required to register and title your boat in Washington
Washington state certificate of title
If vessel has not been titled and registered before and was purchased new as of July 1, 1985, the original manufacturer’s Statement of Origin
Boaters must title and register their vessels within 60 days of moving to Washington. If you live in Washington and bought the boat in another state, you must title and register your vessel within 15 days of its purchase. Visit the Washington Department of Licensing for specific requirements related to applications, fees, and more.
The owner of a registered vessel must notify the Washington State Department of Licensing within 15 days of the following events by calling the service center at 360-902-3770 or 360-664-8885 (TTY):
Loss of registration card
Owner’s address change
Vessel’s abandonment, destruction, loss, theft, or recovery
Required Carbon Monoxide Sticker
By law, any new or used motor vessel, other than a Jet Ski type personal watercraft, must display a sticker that warns passengers of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Use the Washington State CO warning sticker or a Department of Licensing approved sticker previously installed in another state or by the manufacturer. If you don’t receive a sticker when you renew or register, contact your local vehicle licensing office or call 360-902-3812 or 360-664-8885 (TTY).
Larger recreational vessels owned by U.S. citizens may (at the option of the owner) be documented by the U.S. Coast Guard. Call the Coast Guard at 800-799-8362 for more information. Documented vessels also must be registered in Washington but are not required to display the registration number.