When you go to get your vehicle back, the tow truck operator must give you written notice of two things: 1) the right of redemption of the vehicle or item of personal property; and 2) your opportunity for a court hearing. They also must give you a form for requesting a court hearing.
Request a vehicle impound hearing
You will need to fill out the Registered Tow Truck Operator Impounded Vehicle Hearing Request form provided to you by the tow truck operator.
Deadline to request a hearing
You must file the Registered Tow Truck Operator Impounded Vehicle Hearing Request form with the Court within 10 days of the date the tow truck operator provided the form to you. If you do not request a hearing within 10 days, you will lose your right to an impound hearing.
The filing fee for impound hearings is $83. You can pay this fee by cash, personal check, money order, credit card or debit card. If you are unable to pay this fee, you may request a waiver of fees from the court clerk. To request a fee waiver, you will need to file by mail or in person.
How to file your hearing request with the Court
You can file the Impounded Vehicle Hearing request form with the Court in one of these ways:
- Mail your completed form and $83 filing fee (do not mail cash) to any King County District Court courthouse location
- In-person – At any King County District Court courthouse location, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Court will notify you in writing when and where your hearing will be held. You can present evidence at the hearing.