About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Washington Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Washington Boater Education Card.

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To obtain a title, a registration certificate, and registration decals for your vessel, you must present the proper application form, fees, and proof of ownership at your county auditor or vehicle licensing subagent office. (View a list of all Washington State vehicle and vessel licensing offices organized by county.)

How the Vessel Registration Fee Is Used

A portion of the annual vessel registration fee is dedicated to supporting local approved boating safety programs that include:

  • Boater education and information
  • Search-and-rescue, emergency, or accident response
  • Enforcement of boating safety laws
  • Waterway marking and hazard identification
Washington Registration Certificate
The wallet-sized registration information must be on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the vessel is operated on the water.