If your vehicle has been impounded recently, you probably have many questions related to that circumstance. The following is a list of Frequenlty Asked Questions and their respective anwers. We hope this information assists you throughout this process.
- The driver is in an accident with no insurance
- Suspended, cancelled or revoked license
- Extreme DUI
- Aggravated DUI
- Under legal drinking age and has alcohol in their body
- 30 days by law
- You may be eligible to have your car released sonner, such as if you get your license status reinstated by the Motor Vehicle Division or the Court.
- If your vehicle was impounded by another law enforcement agency, such as the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office or the Department of Public Safety, you must contact that agency directly for assistance in obtaining the release of your vehicle
- If your vehicle was impounded as evidence of a crime these procedures DO NOT apply to you. Please contact the NPD Detective handling your case for additional information.
On or after the 30th day of impound OR if you get your license reinstated, your vehicle will generally be eligible for release to you. To get it back, follow these steps:
Call 520-287-9111 to request a Post Storage Hearing.
At the time of your hearing you must:
Bring with you a VALID driver license, VALID vehicle insurance and VALID vehicle registration.
Please note that you may have to go to court or the Motor Vehicle Division first if your license was suspended, revoked or cancelled, and/or if your vehicle registration was expired or cancelled.
We cannot release your vehicle to you until these documents are valid and current.
NOTE – if your driving privileges cannot be restored by the end of the 30-day impound period (for example, it has been suspended for one year), you may bring a fully licensed driver with you to drive the car upon release. You must still have a valid vehicle registration and insurance before the vehicle will be released.
You must pay an administrative fee of $150 to the City of Nogales. Payment must be in the form of Mastercard, Visa, or money-order ONLY.
Upon payment of the fee you will be given a release form that you must take to the towing company.
At the towing company, you must pay the towing and storage fees. Payment is made directly to the towing company by cash, credit card or debit card. If you come to the tow yard at other than normal business hours, you may be charged a gate fee. You must also present proof of your identity and ownership to the tow company.
If you do not claim your vehicle when it is available for release the towing company will file for abandoned title to the vehicle.
- Lien Holder
The owner may be able to get the vehicle back prior to the 30-day period, usually by signing an agreement with the Police Department. The owner of the vehicle is still responsible for paying all fees and charges in order to have the vehicle released. If someone else was driving, you may have to seek civil action against the driver for any expenses you incur as a result of the impound.
If you do not claim your vehicle when it is eligible for release, the towing company will automatically file a request with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to assume title of your vehicle. The towing company would then become the legal owner of the vehicle and may salvage or auction it. If you have difficulty in paying for the towing and storage, you should at least contact the towing company if you wish to retain ownership of your vehicle.
No, the towing company is not allowed to release an impounded vehicle without paperwork from the Nogales Police Department. You must follow the claim process outlined above.
Hearings may be requested by calling 520-287-9111 at any time during the 30 day period.
No. As long as the officer impounded your vehicle according to the law and our procedures, the outcome of any trial is not relevant