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Vehicle Releases

Vehicle Release 24 Hour Information Line  
(661) 326-3852

If after listening to the information line, you have further questions,
contact the Records Section at (661) 326-3852. 

Records Section Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
All other times, call  (661) 326-3800.

Vehicle releases may be obtained at either Bakersfield Police Department locations: 

Downtown Headquarters
1601 Truxtun Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4
Westside Substation
1301 Buena Vista Road
Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4

Vehicles will only be released if the following provisions are met:

  • The vehicle must be currently registered or issued a valid moving permit by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • The vehicle will only be released to the registered owner.  The registered owner may authorize the release of the vehicle by notarized letter.  The letter must include the name and driver's license number of the person who will pick up the vehicle, and include a description of the vehicle including license plate or vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • The registered owner or authorized person must have valid driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Or, they must have valid identification and be accompanied by someone who has a valid driver’s license.
  • 30 Day hold must be released or expired.  The registered owner may request a hearing to discuss release of the hold however, holds for unlicensed driver will only be released if the person who was driving the vehicle at the time it was impounded obtains a valid license – no exceptions.   The registered owner may call (661) 326-3882 to request a hearing. 

Impound/Towing Fees:
The registered owner is responsible for all charges for towing and storage placed on the vehicle by the tow company and by the City.   Contact the tow company for information regarding their fees. 

City fees are:

$128     Vehicle impounded for un-licensed driver, or suspended license
$170     Vehicle impounded for DUI 
$86       Standard tow

Tow Companies:
Barnett’s Towing- (661) 871-8423             
Randy’s Towing - (661) 326-9200
H&S Body Shop & Towing- (661) 324-6703
Jim’s Towing - (661) 831-1136
Golden Empire Towing - (661) 834-8697
Dave’s Fleet - (661) 322-8255
Fleet Services - (661) 615-6130
K&R Towing -  (661) 833-4045
Payless Towing - (661) 325-7700
Ten Eight Towing - (661) 864-0749