How can I pick up my vehicle if it has been towed?
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To get a vehicle out of the impound, the registered owner of the vehicle must come to the police station at 721 NW 6th Street. The following documents to receive a release form from the front desk officer/PST.
1) Driver`s License
2) Registration for the vehicle
After the front desk officer/PST has photocopied the documents, you will be required to sign the tow sheet. The tow sheet is a Department form containing general information about your vehicle and why it was towed. You will then receive a release form and a copy of the signed tow sheet.
If the registered owner wants you to pick up the vehicle, have him/her complete a letter stating that he/she is giving you power of attorney to do so. The letter must identify you, describe the vehicle, and be formally witnessed through a notary. The letter then must be faxed to GPD at (352) 334-2058 from the registered owners local police department. Along with the letter, a photocopy of the registered owner`s driver`s license. Once these documents are received a release form will be completed.
If you parked your vehicle on private property and the vehicle is towed by the owner of the property. First, look in the area where you parked for a tow-away zone sign. If you locate a sign it should tell you the towing company`s name and phone number. If you cannot locate this information, you can contact the Gainesville Police Department at (352) 334-2400. Give the call taker your vehicle description and the location your vehicle was towed from. The call taker should be able to assist you with locating your vehicle. When your vehicle is towed in this manner it is not a police matter, it is a civil matter, and the fees are set by the company that towed your vehicle