Find an Impounded Vehicle
The following documentation is required to release an impounded vehicle to a valid licensed driver:*
- Current Vehicle Registration
- Valid Driver's License
The following documentation is required to tow an impounded vehicle off the lot:*
- Vehicle Title
- State Issued ID
*Owners who present a vehicle title without providing a current vehicle registration will be required to have the vehicle towed from the impound lot.
*Owners who present a state issued ID must have a licensed driver to drive the vehicle out of the impound lot or the vehicle must be towed.
- Towing fee: $125*
- Administrative fee: $30 (only applicable if certified notification has been sent)
- Storage fee: $18 (only applicable if certified notification has been sent)
- Any outstanding parking tickets
- Any other associated towing fee
*This applies to vehicles less than 7,000 pounds (most vehicles). Additional fees will be charged for vehicles weighing more than 7,000 pounds.
*Parking Services accepts cash, credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover), and money orders payable to Columbus City Treasurer. Please note: We do not accept personal checks for impound related fees unless from an approved agency.
Vehicles may be released to the vehicle owner or a relative with the same last name. Owners who wish to authorize a person (other than a relative) to obtain a vehicle release must complete a Notarized Authorization of Release form(PDF, 420KB) and provide proof of ownership documentation.
Banks and Lienholders must complete a Hold Harmless Letter(PDF, 144KB) listing the company or authorized person who can obtain a vehicle release. Company agents, employees or authorized individuals must present a driver’s license and proof of employment from their employer to obtain a vehicle release.
Insurance Companies / Salvage Companies
Vehicle owners must complete a Notarized Authorization of Release form(PDF, 420KB) authorizing their insurance company to obtain a vehicle release. Proof of ownership must be presented by the insurance company or agent at the time of vehicle release. Salvage or towing companies must have a notarized letter of authorization to pick up a vehicle on behalf of an insurance company. Insurance agents, salvage or towing companies must show proof of employment from their employer to obtain a vehicle release.
Payment of all impoundment fees and all current and outstanding parking tickets is required before a vehicle release is authorized. Payment can be made with cash or credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover).