Redeeming a Vehicle

What you should know before you arrive.

Vehicles or other items of personal property registered or titled with the department that are impounded by registered tow truck operators pursuant to RCW46.55.080, 46.55.085 or 46.55.113 may redeem only under the following circumstances:

Only the LEGAL owner, the REGISTERED owner of the vehicles, INSURER, a person who is determined and verified by the operator to have the permission of the registered owner of the vehicle or other item of personal property registered or titled with the department, or one who has purchased a vehicle (has a notorized “Bill of Sale” … this must be dated within 15 days of the PURCHASE of the vehicle) or item of personal property registered or titled with the department from the registered owner who produces proof of ownership or written authorization (that is notorized) and signs a receipt therefore, may redeem an impounded vehicle or items of personal property registered or titled with the department.

If you are redeeming a vehicle and do not have a current (valid) driver’s license, you will still be required to provide picture ID. Should you not have your driver’s license with you or your driver’s license is no longer valid, please be advised that you must provide a “licensed” driver to remove your vehicle from any of our impound lots.

Automobile Insurance Requirement (applicable to Fife PD – DUI*NVOL*DWLS violations only): Broad Form or Blanket Policy – will not be acceptable. A statement from your insurance company (on their letterhead) must be faxed to our facility…stating the insured is insured to drive a non-owned vehicle.

If your vehicle has been impounded by any of the following police agencies, there will be additional requirements when seeking to release and redeem your vehicle.

Federal Way Police Department

In addition to photo ID, a court order will need to be presented for any NVOL or DWLS violation that resulted in your vehicle being impounded.

Federal Way Police: 253-661-4600

Fife Police Department

Will require photo ID and proof of current automobile insurance for any DUI, NVOL, or DWLSviolation that resulted in your vehicle being impounded.

Fife Police: 253-922-6633

Fircrest Police Department

In addition to photo ID, a court order will need to be presented for any DUI, NVOL, or DWLS violation that resulted in your vehicle being impounded.

Fircrest Police: 253-564-8922