impounded vehicles, stored vehicles, and recovered stolen vehicles
require a vehicle release form.
Vehicle information will not be released over the telephone, if
you wish to asks questions regarding a stored vehicle you will
have to appear in person and establish that you are the registered
owner of the vehicle. This will require valid identification with
a picture on the card, military identification, passport.
Vehicles impounded will only be released to the registered owner.
If you are not the registered owner, you will need to obtain a
notarized letter authorizing release of the vehicle to you. The
registered owner will need to identify you and the vehicle in
the notarized letter. The letter must include your driver's license
number, description of the car (make, model, year) and either
the vehicle license plate number or vehicle identification (VIN)
The registered owner or authorized person picking up the car must
have a valid driver's license or identification card issued by
a State Department of Motor Vehicles. If you only have an identification
card you must be accompanied by a person with a valid driver's
The Atwater Police Department will not charge a fee to those persons
retrieving a vehicle that has been stolen and recovered. There
is a $211.00 release fee required for all impounded vehicles and
due to the Atwater Police Department. All towing and storage fees
are due to the towing company storing your vehicle. All registration
fees on impounded vehicles must be current prior to release. Impound/stored
vehicles will only be released during normal business hours -
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Property release forms can be obtained free of charge in order
to retrieve personal property from the vehicle. If the person
requesting the property release form IS NOT the registered owner,
he/she can only retrieve property from the vehicle that has his/her
name on it.
The owner of a vehicle has the right to a Post Storage Hearing.
Please contact the Atwater Police Department, Records Bureau at
209-357-6384 to set up a hearing date.
Recovered Stolen Vehicle release forms can be obtained at any
Impounded Vehicle release forms can be obtained during normal
business hours (Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, excluding
weekends and holidays).
For further assistance or questions regarding the release of impounded
vehicles or recovered stolen vehicles, please contact the Atwater
Police Department Records Section at 209-357-6384.
Can I get my impounded vehicle out prior to the 30 day
There may be extenuating circumstances to the 30 day impound rule.
The owner of the vehicle may request a Post Storage Hearing in
order to present these facts to the Atwater Police Department
is a Post Storage Hearing?
A Post Storage Hearing is an interview conducted by the Officer
in charge of Impounds at the request of the registered owner of
the vehicle. This interview determines whether the vehicle in
question can be released prior to the 30 day impound period.
Why do you charge $206 for a vehicle release?
The $206 release fee is an administrative fee applied to the release
of an impounded vehicle as authorized by local city ordinance
and 22850.5 of the California Vehicle Code.
Dispatch 24 Hour Non-emergency number -209-357-6396
Business No. 209-357-6384 Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301