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 Municipal 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.