Get a Release for a Towed Vehicle

If your vehicle was taken into custody by the City of Salem, you will need to request a release of vehicle in​​ person ​at the Salem Police Department. Bring the following:
1. Proof of ownership or right to possess the vehicle
  • Photo identification, if you are the registered owner of the vehicle with DMV.
  • DMV title transfer form, stamped by the DMV. A bill of sale or signed-off titles will not be accepted without DMV title transfer documentation.
  • If the owner of the vehicle can’t come in person, they can fill out an Authorization for Release form (English form​/Spanish form), to give permission to another to get the vehicle release. The form must be notarized.​​​
2. A valid driver's license 
  • If you do not have a current driver's license, bring someone with you who has a valid driver's license to drive the car.
3. Proof of insurance
  • Insurance card or policy paperwork showing the towed vehicle as covered on the policy. The dates listed on the paperwork must cover the date you're picking up the vehicle.
  • You can use your smart phone or tablet to show proof of insurance at the Police Department.
  • A bill or invoice from your insurance company will not be accepted as proof of insurance.
4. $150 administrative fee​. The fee may be waived for the following reasons​:
  • Forfeiture (surrendering the title/ownership)
  • Traffic hazard
  • Recovered stolen
  • VIN check
  • Criminal investigation
  • Left on private property after an arrest

Once you have the release form, you can retrieve your vehicle from the tow company. ​​You will need to pay the tow bill and complete the tow company's additional paperwork to get your vehicle.​ Additional fees maybe charged by the tow company if it is after their normal business hours.​


Tow hearing


You can request a tow hearing if you feel your vehicle was wrongly towed. You must request​ a hearing within five days of the impound.​ To request a hearing:


1. Get a Request for Hearing form from the Salem Police Department or Salem Municipal Court.


2. Complete the form.


3. Return the form to:​

Salem Municipal Court
555 Liberty ST SE RM 215
Salem OR 97301


  • Authorization for release form (English form​/Spanish form): G​ive permission for someone other than the owner to pick up the vehicle.
  • DMV title transfer form: Use this form to show proof of ownership, if your vehicle isn't yet registered in your name with the DMV. This form must be attained from the DMV.
  • Vehicle release form: Use this form to get your vehicle from the tow company. This form is available at Salem Police department.
  • Tow hearing form: Use this form to request a hearing if you feel your vehicle was wrongly towed. This form is available at the Salem Police Department or Salem Municipal Court.​​​​​​​​

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