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This building in downtown Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Marine Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

This building in downtown Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Marine Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The State Marine Board was established in 1959. It is Oregon’s recreational boating agency dedicated to safety, education and accessibility. The board returns user fees (marine fuel tax and title and registration fees) to boaters in the form of boating safety and clean boating educational programs, marine law enforcement and improved boating facilities.


The board titles and registers recreational vessels, which currently number more than 180,000, and also registers outfitters and guides and licenses ocean charterboats. The board establishes statewide boating regulations and contracts with county sheriffs and the State Police to enforce marine laws. The board provides technical training to marine patrol officers and also provides grants and engineering services to local governments (cities, counties, park districts, port districts) to develop and maintain accessible boating facilities and protect water quality.


The board promotes safe and sustainable boating through several programs. The Mandatory Boater Education program requires all powerboat operators to complete a safety course. The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program protects Oregon waters from costly, damaging invasive plants and animals. The Clean Marina program is a voluntary incentive-based program encouraging environmental “best practices” at Oregon’s marinas. The board also provides numerous safety publications.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 14145, Salem 97309-5065
Telephone: 503-378-8587; TTY: 503-378-8587 (press space bar to begin)
Fax: 503-378-4597
General E-mail:
Contact: Scott Brewen, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: June LeTarte
Records Officer E-mail: Janess Eilers
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 830.105
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog