Impound Release Information

How do I get my car out of impound?


If your vehicle has been impounded in Whittier, please go to the Whittier Police Station Lobby’s public counter to receive a vehicle release form, before 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Whittier Police Department
13200 Penn St.
Whittier, CA. 90602
(562) 567-9130


If your vehicle has been impounded in Santa Fe Springs, please go to the Santa Fe Springs Police Services Center to receive a vehicle release form before 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Police Services Center
11576 Telegraph Rd.
SFS, CA. 90670
(562) 409-1850


The registered owner (R/O) must have a valid Driver’s License or have a picture ID and someone with a valid driver’s license to act as an Agent.


Vehicles can only be released to the Registered Owner (of record with DMV) ONLY or a Notarized Letter from the Registered Owner indicating person the R/O is releasing to.  Letter must include clear photo copy of R/O’s valid ID.


All registration fees must be current, with no outstanding parking citations. All other fee’s paid/or restrictions must be corrected prior to the granting of a vehicle release. If not, must have registration sheet showing fees paid along with a moving permit (White 1-day) or (Red – Month).


Newly transferred vehicles must bring new registration paperwork from DMV.


For 30 day impounds due to improperly licensed drivers, the registered owner(s) must attend an impound hearing with the Whittier Police Department Traffic Bureau for consideration of early release.