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Courtesy Boat Inspections

On-Water Courtesy Boat Inspection Boat inspections can be requested by calling your local county Sheriff's Office marine patrol (contact numbers below) and are scheduled throughout the summer boating season. After passing an examination, the owner will be issued a Marine Board inspection decal. 

You can also request a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and U.S. Power Squadrons/America's Boating Club. Scheduled inspections are often offered at launch ramps, marinas, and boat clubs, or appointments can be made for a vessel examiner to come to your boat. This is a free, no-penalty inspection to make sure all your gear complies with state and federal regulations. Go to to learn more. The program is sponsored by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

Similar to marine patrol inspections, after successful completion of the exam, which typically takes less than 30 minutes, the boat owner is awarded a U.S. Coast Guard / Auxiliary / U.S. Power Squadrons decal that informs law enforcement and safety agencies that your boat was in full compliance with all federal and state boating laws during a safety check for the year. 

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Saturday 5/25/24 - 10 am - 1 pm
Springfield Bi-Mart 
1521 Mohawk Boulevard 

Sunday 5/26/24 - 10 am - 1 pm
Veneta Bi-Mart
25126 Jeans Road

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Bi-Mart to again offer free boat inspections to help you get on the water safely! We can help make sure you have everything you need.

For people with non-motorized boats (including paddle boards, kayaks, etc.) be sure to always carry a life jack, whistle/horn, and a waterway access permit.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office with OSP

Saturday 5/25/24 - 10 am - 2 pm
Hood River Boat Ramp

Sunday 5/26/24 - 10 am - 2 pm
Cascade Locks Boat Ramp

Hood River Sheriff’s Office and OSP offer free boat inspections with Marine Patrol Deputy Joel Carmody.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Saturday 05/18/24 from 9 am - 2 pm
Three Rivers Boat Launch

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a busy boating season and wants you to be ready for Summertime fun. By taking time in the spring to ready yourself and your boat will help alleviate many common problems.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure your boat has all of the required equipment you need to play safe on the water. A Jefferson County Deputy will be inspecting boats and issuing 2024 safety decals to those who pass inspection.
Bring your safety-equipped boat, boat registration (Certificate of Number), and your Boating Safety Education Card.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has scheduled an annual safety inspection clinic on Saturday, May 18 at the Three Rivers boat launch from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
If you have questions, please contact:
Deputy Melody Zistel
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Linn County Sheriff's Office

Saturday, May 18th
Albany Bi-Mart 8 am -12 pm
Lebanon Bi-Mart 1 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, May 19th
Sweet Home Bi-Mart 10 am - 2 pm

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is offering free boat inspections with our Marine Patrol Deputy, Dan Graybill.
The safety checks will take place at Bi-Mart locations throughout Linn County. We will have a limited number of FREE life vests available for kids, courtesy of your neighborhood Bi-Mart!
These boat safety checks offer you an opportunity to have your boat inspected to ensure you take it out on the water most safely and legally!

County Marine Patrols & Oregon State Police

  • Baker, 541-523-6415 
  • Benton, 541-766-6858
  • Clackamas, 503-655-8218 (Dispatch: 503-655-8211)
  • Clatsop, 503-325-8635 (Dispatch: 503-325-2061)
  • Columbia, 503-366-4611 (Dispatch: 503-397-1521) 
  • Coos, 541-396-7827
  • Crook, 541-447-6398
  • Curry, 541-247-3242 
  • Deschutes, 541-388-6501
  • Douglas, 541-440-4447
  • Hood River, 541-386-2098 
  • Jackson, 541-864-8844 
  • Jefferson, 541-475-6520 (Dispatch: 541-475-2201)
  • Josephine, 541-474-5120
  • Klamath, 541-883-5130
  • Lane, 541-682-8599 (Dispatch: 541-682-4141)
  • Lincoln, 541-265-4277, 
  • Linn, 541-967-3911 (Dispatch: 541-967-3950)
  • Malheur, 541-473-5126
  • Marion, 503-588-5094 (Dispatch: 503-588-5032)
  • Morrow, 541-676-5317 (Dispatch for Scheduling Appointment)
  • Multnomah, 503-988-6788
  • Polk, 503-623-9251
  • Sherman, 541-565-3622
  • Tillamook, 503-815-3326 (Dispatch: 503-815-1911)
  • Umatilla, 541-966-3601 (Dispatch: 541-966-3651)
  • Union, 541-963-1017
  • Wallowa, 541-426-3131
  • Wasco, 541-506-2580
  • Washington, 503-846-2700 (Dispatch: 503-629-0111)
  • Yamhill, 503-434-7506 or non-emergency dispatch (503) 434-6500

Oregon State Police

  • Salem Dispatch, (503) 375-3555
  • Central Point Dispatch, (541) 776-6111
  • TIP (Turn In Poachers) Line or other calls including arson and DUII, call 1-800-452-7888.
  • Headquarters, Salem, 503-378-3720 after hours, 503-378-3725

Does your boat need to be inspected for the Hull Identification Number?

Some boats in Oregon are required to be inspected by a marine law enforcement officer before they can be titled and registered.  Boats needing hull identification number (HIN) inspections: 

1) Homebuilt boats 

2) Boats never titled or registered in any state 

3) Boats registered in a non-title state 

4) Boats where the hull identification number appears to be incorrect.  

Boats that may be excluded are:

1) New manufactured boats with a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO)

2) Boats titled in another state, if the title accompanies the application for Oregon title and the hull number listed is correct. After the HIN inspection is completed, you'll receive a "HIN Inspection Certificate." You must return the certificate directly to the Marine Board at PO Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309.

Learn more about how to title and register your boat in Oregon. 

Graphic of where the hull identification number is found on a boat