Fall is boat registration renewal time

Boaters with registration decals that expire on 12/31/2013 will soon be getting their courtesy registration renewal notice in the mail. The Marine Board is mailing approximately 90,000 notices on November 1.

"Renewing online is quick and easy and there's zero processing fee," said Melinda Harrison, Registration Assistant Manager for the Marine Board. Each renewal notice has the boat owner's registration number (OR number) and a PIN. "All they need to do is go to the Marine Board's website at, click on the registration decal image or "click here to renew online" link, and enter the renewal notice information."

The online system is secure and the Marine Board does not retain any credit card data. Boaters who let their registration lapse last season (decals that expired 12/31/12) can still renew online if they have their PIN. "If they've lost their PIN, call our office at 503-378-8587 and we can help," Harrison added.

"Another advantage to renewing online is that boaters can print out a temporary permit right away, and immediately get out on the water," said Harrison. Decals are mailed within 5-7 business days. "The electronic process provides a great turnaround-time for boaters, and it's much more cost-effective for the agency."

The notices include the $5 surcharge for the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program that was passed by the 2009 legislature. The fee is an additional charge to the boat registration, which has not increased. Registration fees are $3 per foot, rounded up, based on the length of the vessel.