Towing & Impound

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The Glendale Police Department charges a vehicle release fee of $77.00 for impounded vehicles. Vehicles are usually impounded for licensing and registration violations. The towing company charges fees in addition to this fee.

To obtain a release of an impounded vehicle, you must present all of the following at the Glendale Police Department:

  • Valid driver's license or have a licensed driver with you.
  • Proof that you are the current registered owner or legal owner.
  • Payment of the $77.00 release fee. Cash ONLY.
  • Most licensing violations mandate that the vehicle is impounded for 30 days. It can't be released prior to that time. However, there are some exceptions that are listed below:
  1. 30 day impounds may be released earlier than the 30 days with reinstatement of the driver's license and proof of current vehicle insurance.
  2. Extenuating circumstances. A hearing officer can approve an earlier release based on extenuating circumstances.

After complying with the above steps, you will be presented with a vehicle release form. You must take this form to the towing company. You are responsible for any storage and tow fees that the towing company charges. You pay those fees directly to them.

The towing companies used by the Glendale Police Department:

Mid Valley Tow - 524 Riverdale Drive, Glendale, CA 91204
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday. All after hour inquiries, please call 818-546-1510.

Gays Towing - 1521 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 92101
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday. All after hour inquiries, please call 818-244-0015.

Crescenta Valley Tow - 4456 Cloud Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Stored Vehicles

The Glendale Police Department does not charge a release fee for stored vehicles. However, you are still responsible for any storage and towing fees charged by the tow company. Vehicles are usually stored as a result of traffic accidents, illegal parking, or as a result of the driver being arrested for a non-licensing violation.

Storage Hearing

Under the provisions of Section 22852 CVC, you have the right to a hearing to determine the validity of a stored vehicle. If you choose to contest the validity of the storage, you shall request the hearing in person, writing, or by telephone at the Glendale Police Department.

Your request for a hearing shall be received at the Glendale Police Department within (10) days from the date of the notice. If you request a hearing, it will be conducted within 48 hours of the request, excluding weekends and holidays. The vehicle storage hearing is an informal process to determine whether or not a vehicle was lawfully stored.

If the hearing officer determines the storage to be unlawful, the storing agency will be responsible for the towing storage charges. Your failure to request or attend a scheduled hearing shall satisfy the Post-Storage Validity requirements of Section 22852 CVC.

If you have any questions, or if the vehicle is no longer owned by you, please contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-3131.



Glendale Police Department Fees

  • Hearing Fee: $86.00 (Cash only)

  • Release Fee: $77.00 (Cash only)

Towing Company Fees  (Charges based on credit card rates)

  • Towing Fee: $130.00  (Towing from a location to the tow yard are based on an hourly rate)

  • Storage Fee: $41.00  (24 hour storage fee)

  • VTAC Fee: $271.00  (City of Glendale fee, charged by the towing company).

Release of Personal Property from Impounded or Stored Vehicle

22651.07 VC

(c) Prior to paying any towing, recovery, or storage-related fees, a vehicle owner or his or her agent or a licensed repossessor shall have the right to all of the following: (1) Receive his or her personal property, at no charge, during normal business hours. Normal business hours for releasing collateral and personal property are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., inclusive, except state holidays.