See Colorado Springs Municipal Code 10.25.101, Authority to Impound Vehicles. Some common reasons include:
Each vehicle will be assessed a “Tow Fee” and “Impound Fee”, as well as possible “Storage Fees” depending on the time it is there, and reason for the impound. Please use the “Search for My Vehicle” button to enter your vehicle information and see current fees. Fees must be paid in full at the time of pickup.
EVIDENCE HOLDS:Daily storage fees are not assessed while a vehicle in on police HOLD.
VICTIM NOTE:Fees may be waived for stolen and/or victim vehicles. Contact Impound directly for more information.
We accept credit cards (MasterCard or Visa ONLY) and cash. We do not accept personal checks.
No. The Colorado Springs Police Department Impound Facility has vehicles impounded by the Colorado Springs Police Department only. Unless the vehicle was part of an outside agency assist, you will need to contact the agency where the stop/tow occurred.
Fountain PD: 719-385-8555
El Paso County Sheriff Dispatch: 719-390-5555
Colorado State Patrol Dispatch: 719-544-2424
You will need to bring a licensed driver with you to drive your vehicle out. The owner of the vehicle must still present current registration, insurance and valid identification. You must also bring a licensed driver to drive the vehicle you arrived in. You may also have the vehicle towed out instead.
Yes. You are responsible for your vehicle and all fees incurred by the actions of those with access to your vehicle. If your vehicle was stolen, you need to immediately report the motor vehicle theft to the police at 444-7000. You may be responsible for fees even if you have a valid motor vehicle theft case number if you waited to report your stolen vehicle.
If your vehicle is being held for evidence by the Colorado Springs Police Department, you will need to contact the officer responsible for the hold. If your vehicle is being held for evidence by the District Attorney’s Office, you will either need to wait until the disposition of the case, or contact the District Attorney’s Office to inquire about the status of your vehicle. You can contact the Impound Facility to determine what agency is holding the vehicle.
If your vehicle is on hold, you cannot view, remove property, or claim your vehicle until the hold is released by all holding agencies. The Impound Facility must receive all proper paperwork regarding property or vehicle releases directly from the holding agency. You may not necessarily claim your vehicle immediately after a court decision since additional research must be completed before the release, and there may be additional holding agencies.
All hold releases must be received in writing from the holding agency. Verbal or telephonic releases will not be accepted. Evidence releases or Court orders brought in by vehicle owners require verification before any release is processed.
If you would like to dispute the legality of your tow or your fees, you have the right to a Post-Tow hearing in Municipal Court. Bring your current registration or title and file a written request in person at the Colorado Springs Municipal Court, 224 E. Kiowa St. Room 108, within 10 days of the date you received notice that your vehicle was impounded. This does not apply to any vehicle towed for evidence pending further investigation. Failure to submit a timely request or to attend a scheduled hearing shall be deemed a waiver of the right to such a hearing.
Per CRS 10.25.106, if after 30 days no claim of ownership or right to possession has been made, the vehicle may be sold at auction. You will not owe any fees if you do not claim the vehicle.
Yes. You may assign a designated agent to claim your vehicle by doing ONE of the following:
Vehicles registered in a business name can be released with documentation that authorizes the individual claiming the vehicle (notarized statement on letterhead giving permission for individual to obtain vehicle OR current business listing with the Secretary of State showing authorized agent).
Owner must present ownership paperwork including:
Owner must present ownership paperwork:
Owner or agent must arrange for a PUC licensed tow company to tow the vehicle from the Impound facility. The tow company must be on-site at the Impound facility before 4:00 PM to tow the vehicle that same day. If the tow company does not arrive by 4:00 PM, the tow company must return the next business day and another daily storage fee will accrue.
Owner or owner’s agent/designee must present same ownership paperwork as required to drive/tow a vehicle out.
In addition, to drive a motorcycle out, the owner or owner’s agent/designee must present a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement.
A motorcycle may be pushed out of the gate and loaded on a trailer in the parking lot if the owner does not have a motorcycle endorsement, or if the motorcycle will not start but will roll.
If the motorcycle will not start or roll, it must be towed out.
See above for instructions on designating someone other than the owner to claim the vehicle.
We assume all property inside a vehicle belongs to the owner of the vehicle unless there is evidence of other ownership. You will need to show proof of ownership of the vehicle to claim personal property.
If you are not the owner of the vehicle, but have items inside the vehicle, you can do one of the following:
If your vehicle will not start on the lot, you may bring in a jump-box to attempt to jump start the battery. If this does not work, you must have your vehicle towed.
In the interest of safety, and the concern for liability and environmental reasons you may not change tires, replace the battery, add, or remove any fluids (including gasoline), and you may not drive another vehicle in to jump-start your vehicle. You may not push your vehicle off the lot or push-start your vehicle.
If your vehicle is deemed not drivable for any reason, it must be towed out.
No. Even though Colorado is a Community Property State it does not extend to the release of impounded vehicles. Our policies are in place to protect the interest of the vehicle owner. We are unable to establish or verify the status of your relationship or any pending divorce actions or property settlements.
Your spouse can authorize you to claim the vehicle (or property within): See above for instructions on designating someone other than the owner to claim the vehicle.
After the legally required holding period, unclaimed vehicles meeting the criteria for public sale are offered through online auctions to the general public. CSPD Vehicle Auctions will be conducted online weekly as vehicles are available. The online auction will be facilitated by Colorado Springs Utilities and vehicles will be offered for sale through one of two sites: www.publicsurplus.com or www.govdeals.com. All interested bidders must register online through each site and may search for vehicles offered by "Colorado Springs Utilities". Once a vehicle is offered for auction, it is no longer subject to claim by an owner/interested party.
All vehicles will be sold AS-IS at the auction unless they are picked up by the registered owner or lien holder prior to the sale.
The City of Colorado Springs reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
Online, the vehicles may be viewed at:
On righthand side, under “Browse auctions within area”:
Payments are online only through the online auction platform. Buyers have one week to pay. All payment questions should be directed to Colorado Springs Utilities.
Buyers have two weeks to claim vehicles purchased through the online auction. All vehicles without keys or non-running MUST BE TOWED. All viewings/inspections, and pick-ups are appointment only through Colorado Springs Utilities.
Motorcycles are auctioned through the same process as vehicles. Bicycles are no longer sold at public auctions, but are donated to a charitable organization.