Towing complaints: police-authorized tows

If your car was towed from a public street, or was towed for any other Seattle Police Department matter, you can:

  • request a hearing
  • file a complaint about the towing service

For cars towed from private property in Seattle, see towing complaints: private property tows.

Request a hearing for a police-authorized impound

If you received a parking or traffic ticket from the Seattle Police Department and your car was towed, you can request a hearing to contest the impound. The registered owner of the vehicle can request an impound hearing at the Seattle Municipal Court.

For non-ticketed police-authorized impounds, you are able to request a hearing with the Seattle Municpal Court by completing the "Registered Tow Truck Operator Impounded Vehicle Hearing Request" provided by the tow truck company. Non-ticketed impounds are authorized by the police for situations such as stolen or abandoned vehicle recoveries or for investigation evidence holds.

File a complaint about the towing service

Use this form to file a complaint about police-authorized towing. Complaints can be filed regarding:

  • vehicle damage
  • vehicle release process
  • towing employee courtesy
  • towing charges
  • items stolen from the vehicle

For more information about towing charges, see max towing fees: police-authorized impounds.

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Courtesy Vehicle Damage Vehicle Release Impound Charges Stolen Items Other