In the event your vehicle is towed, and depending on the reason for the tow, an impounded vehicle can be held for up to 30-days. Hearings are held on vehicles that are impounded for 30 days.
To obtain a release, the vehicle's registered owner must have:
Current registration for the vehicle
A valid driver's license
No outstanding parking violations
The fee for vehicle release is $272.
If the registered owner does not have a valid driver's license, a person with a valid license must be present with the vehicle owner.
If the registered owner is in custody, he/she may authorize release of the vehicle to another person. A letter stating in essence, "I authorize (name of person) to take my (vehicle description) out of impound" and stamped by officials at the jail must accompany the request for release. The authorized person must meet the requirements outlined above. A copy of the individual's ID must also be on the same page as the letter.
If the registered owner is unable to pick up the impounded vehicle, he/she may authorize the vehicle's release to another person. The person must have a note signed by the registered owner authorizing the vehicle's release and a photocopy of the registered owner's driver's license or other acceptable identification; the signatures on the note and the photocopied ID must match. The authorized person must meet the requirements outlined above.
If you have any questions please call our Traffic Desk at 805-339-4401.