Public Works Department

Minneapolis Impound Lot
51 Colfax Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Phone: (612) 673-5777
Fax: (612) 370-3974
TTY: (612) 673-2157
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Releasing Your Vehicle

Required Information to Release Vehicle
Impound Lot Fees

Accepted Forms of Payment

Authorizing Someone Else to Release Vehicle

Rental Cars

Holds on Releasing Vehicle


Required Information to Release Vehicle

Vehicle can be released to registered owner or a relative with the same last name. In addition to paying fees, you will need the following to release your vehicle:

A licensed driver is required to drive the vehicle from the lot. Otherwise, you may arrange to have the vehicle towed from the lot.

Impound Lot Fees


Standard Tow Charge:


Daily Storage Rate:

$18.00 per day
(Assessed at Midnight)

Heavy Duty Tow:

$175.00 plus Winch Time
@ $45.00 per half hour

Notification Letter:


In addition, parking citations are given out when the towed vehicle is released. Violators may pay fines by mail with the envelope provided, or at the Violations Bureau.

Accepted Forms of Payment

Authorizing Someone Else to Release Vehicle

A person who is not the registered owner may pick up the vehicle, or remove property from the vehicle, if they have a notarized statement from the registered owner that includes:

Fax authorization to the Impound Lot at (612) 370-3974.

Rental Cars

To release a rental vehicle, a person must present the rental agreement and the matching ID or Driver’s License on the agreement.

In some cases, the rental company must be notified by the renter and vehicle will only be released with a faxed authorization letter from the rental company naming who can pick up the vehicle.

Holds on Releasing Vehicle

Parking Violations

Owners of vehicles with 5 or more unpaid parking citations must present a letter from Hennepin County Violations Bureau stating that all citation fines have been paid before their vehicles can be released by the Impound Lot. If any citations on the owner's vehicle are in collections, the owner must pay those fines in person at the Minnesota Department of Revenue and then bring those receipts to Hennepin County Violations Bureau, which will then provide the owner with a letter stating that all fines have been paid 

Police Holds

If the vehicle was involved in a crime it must be cleared of any police holds. Call (612) 673-5777 for details on clearing police holds.


An impounded vehicle may be released to a repossessor with an Affidavit of Repossession and payment of towing and storage charges. A vehicle cannot be held for a repossessor. If the registered owner comes in first and meets all requirements for release they will be allowed to take the vehicle.

Last updated Nov 27, 2018



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