Does boat registration transfer?

Northern

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This is just hypothetical at the moment, but I absolutely cannot find the answer to this question online.

Say I purchase a used boat from a private owner, which has current registration stickers good thru June 2021:

I know I have to transfer the title.
Do I also have to pay registration on it again for the current year (i.e. "use tax") or is the registration good until next June?
 

Hendodesign

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While I haven't sold a boat I have done two vehicles in the last year and I can safely assume that DOL with hit you with both the tax on the title transfer and a new registration so it's in your name.
 

Northern

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While I haven't sold a boat I have done two vehicles in the last year and I can safely assume that DOL with hit you with both the tax on the title transfer and a new registration so it's in your name.
Yeah, I know cars work like that, but it's common for boat listings to say something like "tags good thru 2021." Thought perhaps I was missing something.
 

Stonefish

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I’m not sure of the answer but just have to ask.
What type of boat are you buying? ;)
SF
 

Buzzy

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@Northern - The following is from WA DOL "blog" and I think the last sentence applies. Hard to imagine with a title transfer the State isn't going to go for a second bite at your wallet.

"If your registration is expired:

  • You can renew online for the current registration year only (before June 30).
  • You can renew online for the coming registration year only after you’ve renewed for the current year.
  • If you have not registered for the current year and wish to renew for the coming year, visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office after July 1.
If you are purchasing a boat or bringing one in from out of state, you must register it within 15 days."
 

Northern

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@Northern - The following is from WA DOL "blog" and I think the last sentence applies. Hard to imagine with a title transfer the State isn't going to go for a second bite at your wallet.

"If your registration is expired:

  • You can renew online for the current registration year only (before June 30).
  • You can renew online for the coming registration year only after you’ve renewed for the current year.
  • If you have not registered for the current year and wish to renew for the coming year, visit a vehicle/vessel licensing office after July 1.
If you are purchasing a boat or bringing one in from out of state, you must register it within 15 days."
It's a good assumption, I agree! I just can't find anything explicitly addressing an already-registered boat.
Was hoping someone who'd recently bought one knew for sure.
 

Northern

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I’m not sure of the answer but just have to ask.
What type of boat are you buying? ;)
SF
Haha - Just shopping around. I can't decide what I want! Something 16ft-ish for lakes and protected salt bays. I like the layout, unsinkability, and low maintenance of a whaler type, but I also like the beachability of aluminum...analysis paralysis, I'm afraid.
The only thing I'm certain about is a console. I truly hate driving tiller boats.
 

ffb

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I recently went through this. The boat kept the same registration number and expiration tag, but I did have to pay a sales/use tax based on what I paid for the boat. I don't remember if there was a separate registration fee since the registration kept the same expiration. The trailer was more like a vehicle, sales/use tax plus new plate and tabs with associated registration fees, even though the previous owner had recently renewed.
 

Northern

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I recently went through this. The boat kept the same registration number and expiration tag, but I did have to pay a sales/use tax based on what I paid for the boat. I don't remember if there was a separate registration fee since the registration kept the same expiration. The trailer was more like a vehicle, sales/use tax plus new plate and tabs with associated registration fees, even though the previous owner had recently renewed.
Thanks!
Exactly what I was looking for.
 

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