Impounded vehicles and post storage hearings

A vehicle release must be obtained in person at the Santa Ana Police Department's Traffic Division.

The following is required:

  • The registered owner or their agent must be present with a valid driver’s License.
  • If the registered owner does not possess a driver’s license, he/she must have a valid California DMV Identification card.
  • Current registration for the impounded vehicle.
  • A fee to be paid by Visa/MasterCard, or cash with exact change only for the release of the vehicle.
  • A vehicle release form from the Police Department is required for 30-day impound.


  • $173.00 for a regular impound or storage
  • $235.00 for a 30-day impound
  • $5.00 sign-offs for both SAPD citations
  • $18.73 for non-SAPD citations
  • $2.00 for copy of lost citation


Santa Ana Police Department
Attention: Traffic Division
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701


  • We're open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.  to 5:30 p.m.

Call us for more information

For information on your impounded vehicle, call (714) 245-8200.

Post storage hearings

You may request a post storage hearing in writing or in person.

In writing

Santa Ana Police Department
Attention: Post Storage Hearing Officer
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA  92701

In person

Visit us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.  to 10 a.m.

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