When a vehicle is lawfully towed, the registered owner is responsible for paying the towing, impound and storage fees, plus any additional fees required if the vehicle was impounded after a DUI arrest – even if the owner was not the intoxicated driver.
If an individual disagrees with an impound, the vehicle owner must respond within 30 days of the date of the letter to protect his or her appeal rights. To file an appeal, a "Petition for Re-determination" must be completed and the vehicle owner must attach all supporting documentation, and send it to:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Miscellaneous Services Unit
PO Box 30412
Salt Lake City, Utah 84130
The purpose of the "Petition for Re-determination" is to submit a written protest – or appeal – of an impound or any of its related fees. The DMV will schedule a division conference (usually a telephone conference) to discuss the issues and to answer any questions. If, after the conference, the vehicle owner still disagrees with the impound or fees, the petition, along with DMV's answers, will be forwarded to the Tax Commission Appeals Section. The Appeals Section will schedule an informal hearing before an administrative law judge.