Arizona law (ARS 28-3511) requires vehicles be towed and impounded for any of the following violations:
A. A peace officer shall cause the removal and either immobilization or impoundment of a vehicle if the peace officer determines that:
1. A person is driving the vehicle while any of the following applies:
a. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the person's driving privilege is suspended or revoked for any reason. A peace officer shall not cause the removal and either immobilization or impoundment of a vehicle pursuant to this paragraph if the person's privilege to drive is valid in this state.
b. The person has not ever been issued a valid driver's license or permit by this state and the person does not produce evidence of ever having a valid license or permit issued by another jurisdiction. This paragraph does not apply to the operation of an implement of husbandry.
c. The person is subject to an ignition interlock device requirement pursuant to chapter 4 of this title and the person is operating a vehicle without a functioning certified ignition interlock device. This paragraph does not apply to the operation of a vehicle due to a substantial emergency as defined in section 28-1464.
d. In furtherance of illegal presence of an alien in the United States and in violation of a criminal offense, the person is transporting or moving or attempting to transport or move an alien has come to, has entered or remains in the United States in violation of law.
e. The person is concealing, harboring or shielding or attempting to conceal, harbor or shield from detection an alien in this state in a vehicle if the person knows recklessly disregards the fact that the alien has come to, entered or remains in the United States in violation of law.
2. A vehicle is displayed for sale or for transfer of ownership with a vehicle identification number has been destroyed, removed, covered, altered or defaced.
B. A peace officer shall cause the removal and impoundment of a vehicle if the peace officer determines that a person is driving the vehicle and if all of the following apply:
1. The person's driving privilege is canceled, suspended or revoked for any reason or the person has not ever been issued a driver license or permit by this state and the person does not produce evidence of ever having a driver license or permit issued by another jurisdiction.
2. The person is not in compliance with the financial responsibility requirements of Chapter 9, Article 4 of this title.
3. The person is driving a vehicle that is involved in an accident that results in either property damage or injury to or death of another person.
If your vehicle was towed per ARS 28-3511, it has a hold period. This means it must stay in impound for hold period. Do not contact the towing firm for vehicle release. DPS will notify registered vehicle owners within three (3) business days of the impound with a copy of the Vehicle Removal Report and information regarding post storage hearing scheduling. For more information about a post storage hearing and releasing of a vehicle, please call the DPS Impound location that is listed on the lower half of the Vehicle Removal Report under the "Impound/Seizure Information" section.
If a peace officer removes and either immobilizes or impounds a vehicle pursuant to ARS 28-3511, the immobilizing or impounding agency may provide the owner, the spouse of the owner or any other person providing indication of ownership or other interest in the vehicle, immediately before the immobilization or impoundment, with the opportunity for an immobilization or post storage hearing. The hearing will determine the validity of the immobilization or storage or consider any mitigating circumstances relating to the immobilization or storage or release of the vehicle before the end of the 30-Day immobilization or impoundment period.
A hold may be released early if:
- the vehicle is a stolen vehicle
- the vehicle is subject to bailment and is driven by an employee of a business establishment, including a parking service or repair garage, who is subject to ARS 28-3511, subsection A, B or C
- the owner was operating the vehicle at the time of removal and either immobilization or impoundment and presents proof satisfactory to the immobilizing or impounding agency that the owner's driving privilege has been reinstated
- all of the following apply:
- the owner or the owner's agent was not the person driving the vehicle pursuant to ARS 28-3511, subsection A
- the owner or the owner's agent is in the business of renting motor vehicles without drivers
- the vehicle is registered pursuant to ARS 28-2166
- there was a rental agreement in effect at the time of the immobilization or impoundment. At the time or the end of the hold, the registered owner must go through the regular release process
A vehicle shall not be released after the end of the immobilization or impoundment period unless the owner or owner's agent presents all of the following to the impounding or immobilizing agency:
- A valid driver's license issued by this state or by the owner's or owner's agent's state of domicile.
- A current vehicle registration or valid salvage or dismantle certificate of title.
- Evidence that the vehicle is in compliance with the financial responsibility requirements of ARS 28-3514, Chapter 9, Article 4.
Holds shall not exceed $25.00 per day for vehicle storage, pursuant to ARS 28-3511.
Hold Related Statues:
- ARS 28-3511: Removal and immobilization or impoundment of vehicle; Arizona crime information center database
- ARS 28-3512: Release of vehicle; civil penalties; definition
- ARS 28-3513: Administrative charges
- ARS 28-3514: Hearings; notice of immobilization or storage; definition
- ARS 28-3515: Unclaimed vehicles