Marine Invasive Species Fee (formerly Ballast Water Management Fee) Registration Information

Who is required to register?

Owners or operators of vessels that arrive at any California port from a port or place outside California with ballast water loaded from outside of California.

The State Board of Equalization (BOE) works with the California Marine Exchanges to identify daily arrivals of vessels into California ports.

  • Determines which vessel voyages are subject to the fee;
  • Establishes account numbers for the owner/operators of these vessels; and
  • Mails a notice of the amount due to the vessel's owner/operator and faxes a copy to the agent of record, if requested.

There is an option of filing monthly fee returns rather than receiving notices of determination for each qualifying voyage. For further information about qualifying for filing of monthly fee returns or other questions regarding the fee, please contact us at:

Special Taxes and Fees, MIC: 88
State Board of Equalization
PO Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279-0088

Telephone 800-400-7115
(TTY: 711)

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There is no online registration with BOE.