Procedures for Vehicle Release

All vehicles deemed eligible for release to the owner should be arranged on appointment basis. While appointments are not required, they are recommended due to the time involved in a vehicle release. Once a vehicle is eligible for release, a certified letter is mailed to the owner. The owner is encouraged to establish contact with Evidence Management staff to obtain the details necessary to complete the transfer of the vehicle to the rightful owner. Payment of administrative fees ($60.00), towing fees (starting at $75.00+) and storage fees all may apply. The owner will be required to come to the Evidence Management facility at 1200 N. Patterson Avenue to pay these fees. 

If the vehicle is at a wrecker company lot, Evidence management staff will provide the owner with a receipt which the owner will in turn present to the tow company in order to take possession of the vehicle. If the vehicle is stored at the Police Holdover Lot, the owner will be required to accompany the Evidence Specialist to the lot, located off of Highway 52. The owner will be required to provide their own transportation to where the vehicle is stored and will have to demonstrate availability of a third party to operate or tow the stored vehicle. In all situations involving vehicle releases, the owner is responsible for all maintenance and mechanical issues involving the release of the vehicle.

In all vehicle releases, proper identification to include a valid operator's license must be presented along with title information or bill of sale.

To confirm an appointment with Evidence Management staff, please call (336) 726-7285. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The supervisor can be reached at (336) 726-7270.

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