Release Requirements
Only the registered owner, a person with authorization from the registered owner (as long as registered owner is not the defendant) or one who has purchased the vehicle from the registered owner and who produces proof of ownership may redeem an impounded vehicle. A person redeeming a vehicle impounded pursuant to this ordinance must, prior to redemption, establish the following: 
  • He or she has a valid driver’s license 
  • He or she has valid insurance 
  • Individual is responsible for payment of all towing and storage fees to tow company
  • Pay a $100 (cash only) administrative fee to the court
  • Vehicle release form 

If the vehicle was impounded pursuant to ordinance and was being operated by the registered owner when it was impounded, the Municipal Court shall not issue a receipt for release until all penalties and fines owed by the registered owner have been satisfied.

Impound Redemption by Dealers / Lenders
Under RCW 46.55.120(d) a motor vehicle dealer or lender with a perfected security interest in the vehicle may redeem or repossess a vehicle immediately by payment of the costs of removal, towing and storage and the vehicle cannot be held for any mandatory impound period.

Lender or dealer must present a copy of the certificate of title identifying them as a legal owner and a copy of their security agreement documenting their secured lender interest in the vehicle. Vehicle may then be released upon showing of valid license, proof of insurance and payment of $100 (cash only) administrative cost.