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How do I get my impounded vehicle back?

If your vehicle has been impounded by the Anaheim Police Department as a result of a traffic stop, or some other reason, the following is a guide on the procedure to recover your vehicle.

You must have a "Vehicle Release Form" to recover your vehicle from the tow company, no exceptions will be made. DO NOT go to the tow company to recover a vehicle without a release form, they will turn you away.

To obtain a "Vehicle Release Form" come to the Traffic Counter located in the front lobby of the Main Police Station at 425 S. Harbor Blvd.

To obtain the release form you must have the following documents:

  • A valid California Driver's License.
  • If you do not have a valid driver's license you may bring someone who does have one.
  • Proof that the vehicle is currently registered in your name.
  • The hours to obtain a release form from the Traffic Counter are:
    Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

You may call (714) 765-1860 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday thru Friday for information. Vehicle release forms CANNOT be obtained over the phone.

If your vehicle is on a mandatory 30 - day impound, you must wait 30 days from the impound date and then obtain the vehicle release form.