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The Vehicle Impound Unit is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on most holidays.

  • All hearings are held during normal business hours only.
  • 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 on impoundment of vehicles.

CLICK HERE for answers to frequently asked questions about vehicle impoundment under ARS § 28-3511.

CLICK HERE for answers to frequently asked questions about vehicle impoundment under ARS § 28-871

PLEASE NOTE: The Show Low Police Department will mail out notices of impound within two working days, i.e. Monday through Friday, to each of the vehicle's party of interest.   This will include the owner if not served at the scene, and any lien holder identified on the MVD record. The registered owner, owner’s spouse, and the lien holder have the right to request a POST IMPOUND HEARING – solely for the purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment

If your vehicle was impounded by another law enforcement agency, such as Navajo County Sheriff's Department or the Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol), you must contact that agency directly for assistance.
-Navajo County Sheriff's Office: (928) 532-6060
-Department of Public Safety (DPS): (928) 773-3600

If your vehicle was impounded as evidence of a crime, please contact the Show Low Police Department Detective Unit handling your case for additional information.   (928) 537-5091 

CLICK HERE
for instructions in requesting a POST IMPOUND HEARING.

If your STOLEN VEHICLE was recovered and impounded by the Show Low Police Department pursuant to ARS §28-871 CLICK HERE for information about your rights and how to reclaim your vehicle.

If your vehicle was impounded by the Show Low Police Department for violation of ARS §28-871 CLICK HERE for information on your rights and how to reclaim the vehicle.

Your vehicle will be impounded by the Show Low 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.

OR

  • The driver has never had a driver’s license issued in Arizona or by any other jurisdiction.

OR

  • The driver is arrested for either Extreme DUI or Aggravated DUI.

OR

  • The driver is under legal drinking age and has any alcohol in their body.

OR

  • The driver was operating a vehicle without a certified ignition interlock device when he/she is subject to an ignition interlock device.

 

If you are a lien holder or repossession agent please contact Show Low Police Department at 928-537-2491

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VEHICLE IMPOUNDMENTS UNDER ARS § 28-3511

For 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, cashier’s check or money order payable to the Show Low Police.

How do I get my vehicle back?

Only the Show Low 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, cashier’s check or money order payable to Show Low Police Department. Upon payment of the fee you will be given a copy of 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, money order, certified check 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 ten (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, cashier’s check or money order payable to Show Low Police Department. 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 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 Show Low Police Department may file for an abandoned title and seek ownership of the vehicle if it is left at the impound yard unclaimed for more than ten (10) days past the mandatory thirty (30) day impoundment. If you have difficulty in paying for the towing and administrative fees, 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. In some cases this may require a Post Impound Hearing. CLICK HERE for information about Post Impound Hearings for ARS § 28-3511.

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 Vehicle Impound Unit of the Show Low 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(A)(2) 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
Show Low 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 ($150) 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 Show Low 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 Show Low Police Department policies and procedures, the outcome of any trial is not relevant.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VEHICLES IMPOUNDED UNDER ARS § 28-871

Do I need to have a Post Impound Hearing?

You are entitled to a hearing to determine the validity of the impoundment, but a hearing is not required. If you do not want a hearing, you may go directly to the towing company lot, pay the towing and storage fees, and claim your vehicle.

When must I request a hearing?

A request for a Post Impound Hearing must be received by the Show Low Police Department within ten (10) days from the date of the vehicle impoundment. If your request is received after the ten day period, we will not grant you a hearing on this matter.

The hearing can be requested by telephone at (928) 537-2491, by FAX at (928) 537-8346 or in writing to:

Show Low Police Department
Vehicle Impound Unit
150 N 6th St.
Show Low , AZ 85901

How is the hearing conducted?

Post Impound Hearings are conducted by staff in the Vehicle Impound Unit of the Show Low Police Department. Hearings are generally held over the telephone.

What will I have to prove in a hearing?

You must show why the vehicle should not have been impounded by the Show Low Police Department. If you have any documentation, it must be provided to the hearing officer prior to or at the hearing.

Is there a charge to have a hearing?

No, there is no fee or charge for a hearing.

Is an attorney required for the hearing?

No, an attorney is not required. However, you may bring your attorney, if you wish. The hearing process is informal and rather brief.

A Post Impound Hearing can only be requested by the registered owner, the owner’s spouse, or the lien holder.

Additional Information:

The Post Impound Hearing is solely for the purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment.

The hearing will be scheduled within five (5) working days of the request.

The Show Low Police Department will assign the hearing officer.

If the hearing officer:

  • Finds that the impoundment was inappropriate, the Show Low Police Department will be responsible for the towing and impound fees.
  • Finds that the impoundment was appropriate under ARS §28-872, the registered owner or interested party must pay towing and storage charges to the towing company in order to have the vehicle released.

INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR REQUESTING A POST IMPOUND HEARING FOR VEHICLES IMPOUNDED UNDER ARS § 28-3511

Do I need to have a Post Impound Hearing?

You are entitled to a hearing to determine the validity of the impoundment.

When must I request a hearing?

A request for a Post Impound Hearing must be received by the Show Low Police Department within ten (10) days from the date of the vehicle impoundment notice. If your request is received after the ten day period, we will not grant you a hearing on this matter.

The hearing can be requested by telephone at (928) 537-2491, by FAX at (928) 537-8346 or in writing to:

Show Low Police Department
Vehicle Impound Unit
150 N 6th St.
Show Low , AZ 85901

How is the hearing conducted?

Post Impound Hearings are conducted by staff in the Code Enforcement Unit of the Show Low Police Department. Hearings can be conducted over the telephone.

What will I have to prove in a hearing?

You must show why the vehicle should not have been impounded by the Show Low Police Department. If you have any documentation, it must be provided to the hearing officer prior to or at the hearing.

Is there a charge to have a hearing?

No, there is no fee or charge for a hearing.

Do I need an attorney for the hearing?

No, an attorney is not needed. However, you can bring your attorney if you wish. The hearing process is informal and rather brief.

A Post Impound Hearing can only be requested by the registered owner, the owner’s spouse, or the lien holder.

Additional Information:

The Post Impound Hearing is solely for the purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment or to determine whether the vehicle may be released before the end of the 30-day period..

The Show Low Police Department will assign the hearing officer.

If the hearing officer:

  • Finds that the impoundment was inappropriate, the Show Low Police Department will be responsible for the towing and impound fees.
  • Finds that the impoundment was appropriate under ARS §28-3511, the registered owner or interested party must pay towing and storage charges to the towing company in order to have the vehicle released.