How to Locate your Towed Vehicle
To determine which agency towed your vehicle in order to locate and retrieve it, use the Towed Vehicle Locator or contact 311.
The procedure to get your vehicle back depends on whether your vehicle was towed by:
Review this guide to see the documents that are required to retrieve a booted or towed vehicles: Retrieving Your Booted or Towed Vehicle in NYC.
1. NYC Police Department
Stopping a NYPD Tow in Progress
If you come across your illegally parked car being put on a tow truck and have a valid license, and a valid registration or valid lease agreement, you can stop the tow by signing a “Field Release Agreement”. By signing this agreement you are saying that you will resolve the ticket that caused the tow and the agreement within 30 days.
2. Marshal / Sheriff Judgment Tow
Stopping a Judgment Tow In Progress
If you come across your car being put on a tow truck after being booted, you can stop the tow if you call the boot release line at 646-517-1000 immediately and pay your judgment debt and fees over the phone. You will not be charged the full tow fee but must pay a tow dispatch fee of $67.50.
If you want to have a hearing you must visit a Finance Business Center. For more information click here.
If you do not pick up your vehicle within 72 hours of the tow, the auction process will begin. The vehicle may be auctioned off as soon as 10 days after being towed.
You can request a “Sale Hold” at any Finance Business Center.
|Sheriff/Marshal Execution fee:||$80.00|
|Tow Fee (If applicable):||$140.00|
|Tow Dispatch fee
* Depending upon the amount owed.
If you need a hearing to contest one or more of the outstanding parking tickets, you must ask for one at a Finance Business Center. You cannot have a hearing on tickets in judgment more than one year.
Department of Motor Vehicle Offenses
You will not be able to retrieve your vehicle if you do not have valid registration or insurance.
If you do not have a valid driver’s license you will not be able to retrieve your vehicle unless you have another driver with a valid license with you.
You must settle all Department of Motor Vehicle offenses, as well as parking ticket and camera violations that have gone into judgment before you can get your vehicle back.