After recovery by a law enforcement agency, the legal owner of a stolen vehicle will be notified where his/her vehicle is being stored and will be instructed to obtain a Letter of Release from a DMV Office in order for the vehicle to be released from impound. The vehicle owner should follow the applicable procedures regarding proof of ownership, proper registration, etc.; however no impound or fee should be charged. If the registration has expired, a 15-day temporary permit will be needed to complete the required safety and emission inspections.
Note: Before a stolen vehicle is released, the owner must present legal picture ID, along with ownership papers. If the vehicle has changed ownership, all title registration requirements must be met.
Some impounds do not require an impound release fee, such as abandoned vehicles considered to be possibly stolen.
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