Post Storage Hearing for Vehicles Impounded


Do I need to have a Post Storage Hearing?

You are entitled to a hearing to determine the validity of the impoundment.

When must I request a hearing?

A request for a Post Storage Hearing must be received by the Phoenix Police Department within ten (10) days from the date of the vehicle impoundment notice. If your request is received after the ten day period, we will not grant you a hearing on this matter.

The hearing can be requested by telephone at (602) 495-2096, by FAX at (602) 262-1863 or in writing to:

Phoenix Police Department
Code Enforcement Unit/Vehicle Impound
1717 East Grant St. Suite#100
Phoenix, AZ  85034


How is the hearing conducted?

Post Storage Hearings are conducted by staff in the Code Enforcement Unit of the Phoenix Police Department. Hearings can be conducted over the telephone.

What will I have to prove in a hearing?

You must show why the vehicle should not have been impounded by the Phoenix Police Department. If you have any documentation, it must be provided to the hearing officer prior to or at the hearing.

Is there a charge to have a hearing?

No, there is no fee or charge for a hearing.

Do I need an attorney for the hearing?

No, an attorney is not needed. However, you can bring your attorney if you wish. The hearing process is informal and rather brief.

A Post Storage Hearing can only be requested by the registered owner, the owner's spouse, or the lien holder.

Additional Information:

The Post Storage Hearing is solely for the purpose of determining the validity of the impoundment or to determine whether the vehicle may be released before the end of the 30-day period.. 

The Phoenix Police Department will assign the hearing officer.

If the hearing officer:

  • Finds that the impoundment was inappropriate, the Phoenix Police Department will be responsible for the towing and impound fees.
  • Finds that the impoundment was appropriate under ARS §28-3511, the registered owner or interested party must pay a $150 Administrative Fee and must pay towing and storage charges to the towing company in order to have the vehicle released.