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If your vehicle was towed by the NYPD, reclaim it within 10 days. If you don't, it may be auctioned by the Sheriff's Office.

To get your vehicle back and settle your violations:

  1. First settle any Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) violations for traffic tickets or expired license, vehicle registration, or New York State Safety and Emissions inspections.
  2. Then bring the required documents to the tow pound and pay your fees and violations. 
  3. After you reclaim your vehicle, pay or dispute the ticket that caused the tow.

To get your vehicle back, you must pay following fees and violations:

  • $20 storage fee per night
  • $185 tow fee for regular sized vehicles
  • $370 tow fee for heavy-duty vehicles weighing 8,000 pounds or more
  • Fines, penalties, and interest for parking and camera violations in judgment

NYPD tow pounds accept major credit cards, cash, certified checks, and money orders.

It may take the Department of Finance up to 2 weeks to post payments to your account. If you paid everything you owe and your payment is not posted after 2 weeks, bring your proof of payment to a Department of Finance Business Center.

If you're the registered owner of the vehicle, bring:

  • Your valid driver's license
  • Your insurance card
  • The vehicle's original registration stub or title

If you're not the registered owner of the vehicle, bring:

  • Your valid driver's license
  • Your insurance card
  • A notarized letter from the registered owner saying you're allowed to pick up the vehicle

If the vehicle is a rental, bring:

  • Your valid driver's license
  • Your rental agreement
  • Keys to the vehicle

If the vehicle is a company vehicle, bring:

  • Your valid driver's license
  • Your company identification
  • Keys to the vehicle

The NYPD tow pounds are closed on:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day


Get information about NYPD tow pounds.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

If your vehicle is auctioned by the Sheriff's Office because you didn't reclaim it within 10 days, the money earned is paid toward your judgment debt and fees. You're responsible for any remaining debt. You're also subject to further enforcement actions until you settle the debt.

After the vehicle is auctioned, the license plates are destroyed. You can request a Letter of Destroyed License Plates by going to: 

NYC Sheriff's Office Enforcement Unit 
210 Joralemon Street, 9th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

You must bring:

  • Your driver's license
  • The vehicle's registration

If any of the following apply, you must follow a different process to reclaim the vehicle the:

  • Registered owner has filed for bankruptcy
  • Vehicle isn't registered properly
  • Vehicle must go back to a car dealership

In these cases, speak to an attorney at:

Finance Legal Affairs Division's Parking Enforcement Unit
210 Joralemon Street, 9th Floor

If you have a disability permit and were parked legally with your permit displayed, you may be able to get your towed vehicle back at no cost.


  1. Get the name of the tow pound where your vehicle is
  2. Call 311 to be connected to the Department of Transportation
  3. They will fax a letter verifying your disability permit to the tow pound
  4. After the tow pound gets the fax, reclaim your vehicle at no cost

  • Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Division: Authorized Permits
  • Phone Number: (718) 433-3100
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Call volume is often high. If you don't get through, call back in the middle of the afternoon.

The lien- or title-holding financial institution that is interested in recovering a booted and/or towed vehicle must prove its legal standing.

To prove your legal standing, you must send documentation with original copies overnight to the Parking Enforcement Unit.

Mail to:

Parking Enforcement Unit
Legal Affairs Division
NYC Department of Finance
210 Joralemon Street, 9th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The lienholder or titleholder is required to pay fees to redeem the vehicle. Liability for the judgment debt is determined based on the facts and circumstances of each case after all documentation is submitted for review.

Once the documentation is approved, a Notice to Release will be issued and emailed to the lienholder and its agent, as well as to the Marshal/Sheriff restraining the vehicle. Upon receipt of the Notice to Release, the Lienholder can visit any Finance Business Center to pay the fees. After payment has been made, the lienholder will be issued a receipt. In order to redeem the vehicle, the lienholder should take the receipt and the Notice to Release to the tow pound.

You should send the documentation showing you are the lien holder or title holder by mail before calling. When calling, have the plate number and vehicle description ready.

The Parking Enforcement Unit can be reached by phone:

Call 311 for assistance.

You can go to the NYPD tow pound to pick up personal property such as luggage or a baby seat.

You may not remove:

  • Tires
  • Radios
  • Batteries
  • Parts of the vehicle

If you're not the owner of the vehicle, you must have a notarized letter signed by the vehicle owner saying you are allowed to remove the property.

If the vehicle belongs to a business, you must show proof of employment.

If you see your vehicle being towed by the NYPD, you can stop it by signing a Field Release Agreement. You must have a valid license as well as the registration or lease agreement for the car. By signing this agreement, you are agreeing to pay the penalty for the parking violation that caused the tow, in addition to a release fee within 30 days. The release fee is $100 for regular tows and $200 for heavy-duty tows.