Impounds

Contesting Your Impound

If you have received a notice of vehicle impound and want to contest the actual tow or the fees charged by the tow company, you must request a hearing within 10 days from the date you attempted to retrieve or did retrieve the vehicle. To request a hearing, you must complete a Petition for Impound - Vehicle/Vessel form.  Be prepared to pay the court filing fee which is payable by cash, Visa or MasterCard and then file the petition at the District Court's customer service window.  Click here for more information.

Pierce County-City Building (CCB) - District Court
2nd Floor, Room 239
930 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402


What You Will Need

When filling out the Petition, you will need the following information:

  • Name and address of the party who authorized the impoundment/tow.  
    • Law Enforcement Agency, Officer's name and badge number
    • Name of Company
  • Name and address of tow company
  • Copy of the tow bill
  • Copy of the form provided from the tow company (Only one of the following forms will be provided)
    • 'Notice of the Right of Redemption and Opportunity for a Hearing'
    • 'Impounded Vehicle Hearing Request'

If the vehicle has been sold, you will need to contact the Pierce County Auditor's Office.