30-Day Impound Information
If your vehicle has been acquired for a 30-day impoundment, please read the information the officer gave you at the time of impoundment for instructions. If another law enforcement agency impounded your vehicle, you must contact that department directly for assistance in obtaining the release of your vehicle. If your vehicle was impounded as evidence, these procedures DO NOT apply. Please contact the division handling your case for more information on a vehicle impounded as evidence.
What you should know about the 30 Day Vehicle Impound procedure
In most cases, you must wait 30 days before your vehicle can be released.
You can ONLY arrange to have your vehicle released by contacting the police department that towed your vehicle. The towing company CANNOT release the vehicle back to you without permission from the police department.
In some cases, you may be able to get your vehicle back before the end of the 30 days, but you will still have to pay all fees.
General Impound Information
How do I get my vehicle back?
On or after the 30th day of impound, your vehicle will generally be eligible for release to you. To have it released, follow these steps:
Visit the police department that towed your vehicle.
Contact with the Mesa Police Department does not guarantee the release of the vehicle the same day. An appointment may be required.
Bring with you a valid driver's license, valid registration, and proof of current financial responsibility. Please note that you may have to go to court or the Motor Vehicle Division first if your license was suspended, revoked, or canceled. Your vehicle registration is invalid if it is expired or canceled. We cannot release your vehicle to you until these documents are valid and current. Note: if your driving privilege cannot be restored by the end of the 30 day impound period, you may bring a fully licensed driver with you, on the 30th day or after, to drive the vehicle upon release. You must still have valid identification, valid vehicle registration, and proof of current financial responsibility before the vehicle will be released.
An administrative fee of $150.00 will be collected at the Police Department before receiving a release for your vehicle by cash, credit, or debit only.
You must pay the towing and storage fees at the towing company to include the flat rate tow charge and $15 per day storage fee. Payment is made directly to the towing company. If you come to the tow yard at other than normal business hours, you may be charged an additional gate fee. You must also present proof of your identity and vehicle ownership to the tow company.
If you do not claim your vehicle within ten (10) days of the available release date, the towing company may file for an abandoned title to the vehicle.
For More Information, Contact the Police Agency That Has Your Vehicle Impounded