Vehicle Impounds & Releases

Why Was My Vehicle Impounded for 30 Days?

Mandatory vehicle impounds occur for the following reasons, based on Arizona State Statutes:

  • The driving privileges of the person driving the vehicle are suspended or revoked for any reason. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511.A.1.a)
  • The person driving the vehicle has never been issued a license or permit in Arizona or in any other jurisdiction. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511.A.1.b)
  • The person driving the vehicle is subject to a certified ignition interlock device requirement and was operating a vehicle without a functioning certified ignition interlock device. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511.A.1.c)
  • A vehicle is displayed for sale or for transfer of ownership with a vehicle identification number that has been destroyed, removed, covered, altered or defaced. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511.A.2)
  • The person’s driving privileges are canceled, suspended or revoked for any reason or they have never been issued a license or permit in Arizona or any other jurisdiction AND the person is not in compliance with the mandatory vehicle insurance requirement AND the driver of the vehicle was involved in an accident that results in either property damage or injury to or death of another person. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511. B)
  • The officer has probable cause to arrest the person driving the vehicle for Underage DUI, (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §4-244) Extreme DUI (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §28-1382) or Aggravated DUI (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §28-1383). (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3511. C)

Hearings to Request Release of Impounded Vehicles

If your vehicle was impounded for one of the above reasons, you may request a hearing for release of the vehicle.  

ALL VEHICLE HEARINGS ARE CONDUCTED MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS) 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

The owner, owner’s spouse, lien holder, repossession agent or other party with a financial interest in the vehicle may request a vehicle release hearing within ten (10) days from the date of the Vehicle Impound Notice for the purpose of any vehicle release. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3514) The hearing will be scheduled within five (5) business days, excluding weekends and holidays from the date requested. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3514).

TO REQUEST VEHICLE RELEASE, PLEASE CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM AT (928) 226–5012

Please note that to be eligible to request a hearing, you must be the owner or lien holder as listed by the Motor Vehicle Department at time the vehicle was impounded. Transfers of registration or lien after the impounding of the vehicle cannot be honored per state statute (exception see below Legal Spouse Affidavit).

If You are the Registered Owner:  

The vehicle MAY be eligible for early release IF one of the following exemptions applies:

  • There is evidence that the vehicle was stolen and reported stolen prior to being impounded. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.A.1)
  • The vehicle is subject to bailment. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.A.2)
  • The owner’s driving privileges have been reinstated. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.A.3)
  • The vehicle is registered as a rental vehicle. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.A.4)
  • The registered owner or owner’s spouse was not the driver at the time of impoundment. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.A.5)
  • The vehicle is equipped with a certified ignition interlock device. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.B.4)
  • The vehicle is subject to foreclosure or repossession. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.D)

If I'm the Registered Owner, what do I need to bring to the hearing?

  1. Present a valid Driver’s License
  2. Present current vehicle Registration
  3. Provide proof of valid vehicle Insurance
  4. Payment of Administrative Fee of $150 in the form of Money Order or Cashier’s Check only made payable to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office
  5. After the hearing, you will be required to Pay Towing and Storage Fees to the Towing Company to obtain the vehicle

*Additional forms may be required in some cases.

If you are the spouse of the registered owner, but not listed on the registration please fill out the Legal Spouse Affidavit to obtain the release of the vehicle.

If the owner is unable to attend the hearing (i.e. resides out of state, etc.), he/she may designate a Limited Power of Attorney to someone with a valid driver’s license, who was NOT the driver at the time of impound to obtain the release of the vehicle.

If You are a Lien Holder:

The vehicle MAY be eligible for early release to a person, other than the owner if ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • The person is a motor vehicle dealer, bank, credit union or acceptance corporation or any other licensed financial institution legally operating in this state or is another person who is not the owner and who holds a security interest in the vehicle. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.D.1.b)
  • The person pays all the towing and storage charges related to the impoundment of the vehicle and any administrative charges established. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.D.2)
  • The person presents foreclosure documents or an affidavit of repossession of the vehicle. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.D.3)
  • The person requesting the release of the vehicle was not the person driving the vehicle at the time of impoundment. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 28-3512.D.4)

If I'm the Lien Holder, what Information do I need to bring to the hearing?

  1. Present a valid Driver’s License
  2. Present Identification to prove association with the business (business card)
  3. Present Authorization to act as Recovery Agent (authorization letter on company letterhead)
  4. A Notarized Repossession Affidavit from Motor Vehicle Division –or– a Writ of Replevin from any court authorizing the repossession of this specific vehicle
  5. A completed Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Lien Holder Harmless Agreement
  6. Copy of the Registration, Title or Contract
  7. Proof of vehicle Insurance
  8. Current valid registration and insurance requirement may be waived with proof of “Hook and Tow” Agreement or by using a Dealer Plate Registration and Company Insurance Coverage
  9. Payment of Administrative Fee of $150 in the form of Money Order or Cashier’s Check only made payable to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office
  10. After the hearing, you will be required to Pay Towing and Storage Fees to the Towing Company to obtain the vehicle

*Additional forms may be required in some cases.