Vehicle Impounds Information Provided by the Police Department
Impound Hearings are held on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Facility located at 373 E. Val Vista Blvd.
• Vehicle releases for vehicles impounded under ARS §28-3511 are issued during normal business hours only. If your vehicle has been impounded, please see the information below regarding the Arizona Revised Statutes.
See below for answers to frequently asked questions about vehicle impoundment under ARS § 28-3511.
Your vehicle will be impounded by the Casa Grande Police Department for violation of Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) §28-3511 when the following occurs:
• The driver is in an accident, AND has no proof of insurance, AND has a suspended, revoked or cancelled driver’s license for any reason, or has never been issued a driver’s license.
• The driver’s license is revoked or suspended for any reason.
• The driver has never had a driver’s license issued in Arizona or by any other jurisdiction.
• The driver is arrested for either Extreme DUI or Aggravated DUI.
• The driver is under legal drinking age and has any alcohol in their body.
• The driver was operating a vehicle without a certified ignition interlock device when he/she is subject to an ignition interlock device.
How long will my vehicle be impounded?
Vehicles impounded under ARS §28-3511 must be stored for a period of thirty (30) days before being released. The law allows for some exceptions, and you may be eligible to have the vehicle released sooner. For example, if your driver’s license is reinstated by the Motor Vehicle Division or the courts, you may be allowed to have your vehicle released before the thirty (30) day period.
How much will it cost to get my vehicle back?
Arizona law requires the owner to pay for all towing charges as well as storage fees. Storage fees are limited to a maximum of $15.00 per day. These charges are due to the towing company that removed and is storing your vehicle. In addition, pursuant to ARS § 28-3514, the owner is liable for an administrative fee of $150.00 paid with cash, credit card, or money order payable to the City of Casa Grande.
How do I get my vehicle back?
Only the Casa Grande Police Department can release your vehicle. On or after the 30th day of impound, your vehicle will generally be eligible for release to you. To receive the release paperwork, follow these steps. You must pay an Administrative Fee of 150 with cash, credit-debit card, or money order payable to the City of Casa Grande. Upon payment of the fee you will be given a copy of a release form that you must take to the towing company. Also, you must have a licensed driver, and proof of insurance, and current vehicle registration. At the towing company, you must pay the towing and storage fees. Payment is made directly to the towing company by cash, money order, or credit card. If you arrive at the tow yard to reclaim your vehicle outside of regular 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 within 10 days of the available release date, the towing company may file for an abandoned title to the vehicle.
What if someone other than the owner was driving the vehicle when it was impounded?
The registered owner of the vehicle must pay the $150.00 Administrative Fee with cash, credit card, or money order payable to City of Casa Grande. A valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of mandatory auto insurance must be presented. The registered owner must also pay for all towing fees and storage charges directly to the towing company in order to qualify for the release of the vehicle.
What if I own the vehicle but have not yet transferred the title into my name? Can I still get the vehicle back?
You must first completely meet all legal title and registration requirements before the vehicle can be returned to you. This can be done through the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department MVD. If the vehicle is registered out of state, you must either register the vehicle in Arizona or deal with the state in which it is currently registered. The owners name must be listed on the title. A title signed and notarized will not be sufficient. The vehicle cannot be released without proof of current registration and mandatory auto insurance.
What will happen if I cannot claim my vehicle?
Under Arizona law, the towing company may file for an abandoned title and seek ownership of the vehicle if it is left at the tow yard unclaimed for more than 10 days past the mandatory 30 day impoundment. 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.
Can I get my vehicle back before the 30 days are up?
Under certain limited circumstances, you may be able to have the vehicle returned to you prior to the end of the 30-day period. You may be eligible to have the vehicle released early only if you meet one of the following conditions or circumstances: If the owner presents satisfactory proof that the owner’s driving privilege has been reinstated. Note – if this applies to you, bring proof to the Casa Grande Police Department that your license is now valid. If the vehicle was reported stolen at the time it was impounded, If the vehicle is subject to bailment under ARS §28-3511 and was driven by an employee of a business establishment including a parking service or repair garage. If ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY – the owner or owner’s agent was not the person driving in violation at the time of the impoundment, AND the owner or the owner’s agent is in the business of renting motor vehicles without drivers, AND the vehicle is registered pursuant to ARS §28-2166. In certain situations, the spouse of the owner may also enter into an agreement with the Casa Grande Police Department stating they will not let a driver arrested for Extreme or Aggravated DUI, or a minor in possession of alcohol to drive the vehicle within one year. If the agreement is violated, there is no relief available from the 30 day impound period within the next year. In addition, the vehicle may be released to the lien holder or repossession agent identified on the MVD record before the end of the 30 days.
If the owner was driving on a suspended license but has since had the license restored to valid status, can the vehicle be released prior to the 30-day period?
Yes. The owner would have to prove that this had been corrected and their driving privileges reinstated, at which time we will release the vehicle upon payment of an administrative fee of $150 and towing and storage charges.
Would I still have to pay fees and charges if the vehicle is released early to me?
Yes, the owner is still liable for the administrative fee and all towing and storage fees up to the actual date of release.
At the end of the 30 days, can I just go to the towing company and get my vehicle?
No, the towing company is not allowed to release an impounded vehicle without paperwork from the Casa Grande Police Department. You must follow the claim process outlined above.
If I am found not guilty on my criminal or traffic charges will that affect the impoundment of my vehicle?
No. As long as the officer impounded your vehicle according to the law and the Casa Grande Police Department policies and procedures, the outcome of any trial is not relevant.
Can I transfer ownership of the vehicle to get a release?
No, the vehicle will only be released to a registered owner(s) at time of impoundment. The registered owner must meet the above listed criteria prior to release.