Vehicle Impounds

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Arizona Revise Statues (ARS 28-3511) requires a law enforcement officer to impound a motor vehicle for a period of Thirty (30) days before being released. However, the law allows for some exceptions.

Gilbert Police Department will impound the vehicle under Arizona law, if the officer determines the vehicle operator:

  • Has a revoked license
  • Has no driver’s license or no record of ever having one
  • Is arrested for Extreme or Aggravated DUI
  • Is under 21 and has any amount of alcohol in their system
  • Is in violation of an ignition interlock requirement
  • Is involved in a motor vehicle crash while driving on a cancelled, revoked license and does not have vehicle insurance

Vehicles towed under this statute are impounded for 30 days.
However, your vehicle may be released early under the following circumstances and will require a post-towing hearing:

  • The owner presents proof that their driving privilege has been reinstated.
  • The vehicle was reported stolen at the time it was impounded.
  • The vehicle is subject to bailment and was driven by an employee of a business.
  • The owner was not the person driving the vehicle at the time of impoundment.
  • The owner is in the business of renting vehicles.
  • The vehicle has not had a prior 30-day hold with any police department in this state within a year.
Early Release Steps
Qualification for an Early Release
Lien Holder
Claiming Your Vehicle After the 30-day Impoundment Period has Expired
Additional Required Documents Needed for a Vehicle Release
Frequently Asked Questions