I know there is a story circulating that WA state is now requiring cruising permits. We did not see that when we entered at Port Angeles in January and were, as in the past, sold the famous decal. When we arrived in Ketchikan 2 days ago I made sure we had the decal displayed and the girl on the phone
asked if we had one. She also recorded the decal number.
When the CBP guy arrived to board us he had all the cruising permit
forms and info. We had a long discussion about the CP because it was less than clearly explained when we were here 2 years ago. The phone
reporting as we changed ports
was particularly problematic at that time because it was unclear what constituted a reportable port and the appropriate reporting phone number was not always apparent. That seems to still be a bit of a moving target because we were provided with a list of reportable ports
complete with phone numbers but then the officer wrote in a few extras. Still - something is better than nothing and nothing is what we got 2 years ago.
At the end of his visit the CBP guy went on a major rant about how WA state was a rogue CBP operation. According to him they don't follow federal protocol - the decal is intended for commercial
traffic, not cruisers and the individual ports differ wildly in their entry requirements. We've only ever entered at Roche and P. Angeles so I can't comment but his rant tended to support other advice which we have received to avoid entering at Friday Harbor.
The visit was completely pleasant and very enlightening. At the end of it I got out my credit card to pay for the cruising permit
but the officer refused to take any payment. He said that we had already paid for a decal which we shouldn't have been compelled to purchase
so they weren't going to charge us for the CP. Gotta love that attitude.