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Do you qualify to release your vehicle early?

State law dictates these conditions to release a vehicle early – personal hardships cannot be considered:

  • You must have been listed as an owner on the title in the MVD computer at the time of impound
    • If you sell the vehicle or change the name on the title after the vehicle was impounded, the new owner will not qualify for an early release
  • If your vehicle was impounded for a suspended/revoked/cancelled or no driver’s license:
    • The registered owner was the driver and their driver’s license has been reinstated
    • The registered owner or their spouse was not the driver, and is willing to appear in person with a valid driver’s license to sign an agreement stating they will only allow the vehicle to be driven legally by a driver with a valid driver’s license
  • If your vehicle was impounded for extreme/aggravated DUI or a driver under 21 with alcohol in their system:
    • The vehicle will not be released early if the registered owner was the driver 
    • The registered owner or their spouse was not the driver, and is willing to appear in person with a valid driver’s license to sign an agreement stating they will only allow the vehicle to be driven legally by a driver with a valid driver’s license
  • If your vehicle was impounded for an ignition interlock violation:
    • If the registered owner was the driver, and has had the interlock installed while in impound, present documentation showing the device is now installed
    • The registered owner or their spouse was not the driver, and is willing to appear in person with a valid driver’s license to sign an agreement stating they will only allow the vehicle to be driven legally by a driver with a valid driver’s license
  • If the vehicle was a rental (registered under ARS 28-2166links to external site) and was being driven by a renter
    • An employee of the rental agency with proper credentials and identification must present all required documents along with a valid rental contract and a letter on company letterhead authorizing the employee to recover the vehicle on the company’s behalf
  • If an employee of a parking service, repair garage or business was operating the vehicle (“subject to bailment”) when it was impounded, the registered owner may claim the vehicle with proper documentation
  • If you are the lien holder (Repossession information)
    • Lien holders must meet the requirements of Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 28-3512.D, E, F and G. The lien holder must have been listed as the lien holder on the MVD record at the time of the tow or impound in order to be granted a release. The lien must still in force in order for the lien holder to qualify.

    • Must provide a Repossession Affidavit (PDF) and Power of Attorney/Hold Harmless (PDF) form form to obtain a release. Documents must be the original notarized documents. If the vehicle is being repossessed prior to the 30 days the “Agreement of Operation” statement must be included.

Contact Information

The city has contracted with All City Towing for towing and impound services:
All City Towing
922 E. Gilbert Drive
Tempe, AZ  85281 
Tel: 480-833-7278

Scottsdale Police Department Towing Contacts:
Vehicle Impound Unit - General Towing Questions related to police impounds 
Tel: 480-312-5314
vehicleimpound@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Sgt. Wes Shaffer - Special Events Towing Questions
Tel: 480-312-4390
wshaffer@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Sgt. E.J. Echiverri -  Private Property Towing Questions
Tel: 480-312-5520
ejechiverri@ScottsdaleAZ.gov