Vehicle Release Form

A vehicle release form is a document that releases a person’s car from a towing company, storage facility, or law enforcement agency. Sometimes known as a tow release form or an impound release form, a vehicle release must be signed by the owner or their representative before the impound lot can allow them to reclaim their vehicle.

Vehicle Release Form

A vehicle release form is a document that releases a person’s car from a towing company, storage facility, or law enforcement agency. Sometimes known as a tow release form or an impound release form, a vehicle release must be signed by the owner or their representative before the impound lot can allow them to reclaim their vehicle.

Last updated April 1st, 2024

A vehicle release form is a document that releases a person’s car from a towing company, storage facility, or law enforcement agency. Sometimes known as a tow release form or an impound release form, a vehicle release must be signed by the owner or their representative before the impound lot can allow them to reclaim their vehicle.

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Authorized Representative

If the owner of a vehicle cannot claim their towed vehicle themselves, they can authorize a representative to perform the task. The impound lot or storage facility currently holding the vehicle will require proof that this person has been given permission by the owner to do so.

To give a representative power to request the release of a vehicle on an owner’s behalf, the owner must sign a notarized letter or a vehicle power of attorney. The authorized individual will have to perform the following steps to reclaim the vehicle:

  • Present proof of identity
  • Present a valid driver’s license (or have a driver accompany them)
  • Provide a signed and notarized vehicle power of attorney
  • Present vehicle registration card, certificate, or title
  • Sign a vehicle release form

Sample

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VEHICLE RELEASE FORM

Vehicle Year: [YEAR]
Vehicle Make:
 [MAKE]
Vehicle Model: [MODEL]
Vehicle Plate or VIN: [PLATE NUMBER OR VIN]

Owner Name: [OWNER’S NAME]
Address:
 [OWNER’S ADDRESS]
Phone Number: [OWNER’S PHONE NUMBER]

The vehicle listed above was stored at [STORAGE NAME] with an address of [STORAGE ADDRESS] on [DATE]. The total amount for towing, storage, and other related fees is $[AMOUNT], which must be paid before the vehicle is released.

The vehicle is hereby released to the following individual on [DATE] upon providing proof of vehicle title and valid identification:

Owner. The vehicle is released to the owner, who presents the following documentation:

    • Type of ID: [OWNER’S ID]
    • ID Number: [OWNER’S ID NUMBER]
    • Driver’s License Number: [OWNER’S DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER]

Representative. The owner of the vehicle has authorized the vehicle to be released to [REPRESENTATIVE’S NAME], who presents the following documentation:

    • Motor vehicle power of attorney (or other notarized letter)
    • Type of ID: [REPRESENTATIVE’S ID]
    • ID Number: [REPRESENTATIVE’S ID NUMBER]
    • Driver’s License Number: [REPRESENTATIVE’S DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER]

If the vehicle is in a drivable condition and the owner or representative does not have a valid driver’s license, another person with a valid driver’s license must present their license in order to drive the vehicle off the premises.

Driver Name: [DRIVER’S NAME] License Number: [DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER]

Owner/Representative Signature: ____________________________ Date: _____________
Print Name: ____________________________