30-Day Impounds

California Vehicle Code Section 14602.6 states an officer may impound a vehicle when the driver:
  • Has a suspended or revoked driver’s license,
  • Or has never been issued a driver's license.
The vehicle shall be impounded for 30 days.

30-Day Impound Hearing

The registered owner, or lien holder, of an impounded vehicle is entitled to an impound hearing within 10 days of notification, to determine if the vehicle can be released earlier than the mandatory 30 days.

An impounded vehicle is eligible for early release to the registered owner under the following circumstances:
  1. If the person who was driving at the time of impoundment obtains a driver’s license or gets their suspended or revoked license reinstated, and there is proof of insurance for the driver or vehicle.
  2. If the vehicle was being driven by an unlicensed employee of a business establishment, such as a parking garage or repair garage.
  3. If the vehicle is a stolen vehicle. In this case, it would be helpful if the registered owner brought any documentation, witnesses, or other information that will assist you in presenting your case.
If your situation meets any of these circumstances, you may attend an impound hearing. Bring any documentation and evidence to prove your case.  Examples of documentation to bring with you:
  • Proof of valid driver's license
  • Proof of valid insurance for the driver or vehicle
  • Proof of valid vehicle registration
  • Any document you have to help prove your case
Impound hearings are held as follows:
  • Every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Every Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Located at: Fontana Police Department
17005 Upland Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Repossessing Impounded Vehicles

The lienholder, or finance company, of an impounded vehicle may pick up the vehicle directly from the tow yard.
 The following items apply:
  • The lienholder or finance company, must sign a promise not to release the vehicle to the registered owner for the same 30-day period for which the vehicle was impounded.
  • Lienholders are liable for all fees and storage charges except for the police department administrative fee.
  • Lienholders must bring all documentation showing that they are the legal owner, and repossession paperwork.
  • Car rental agencies do not need repossession paperwork.