Impounded Vehicles & Property

Reason for Impounding a Vehicle

The Gulf Shores Police Department may impound vehicles for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, the following:
  • The driver does not have a valid license at the time of a traffic stop
  • The driver's license was suspended, revoked, or expired (more than 90 days)

If your vehicle is impounded by the Gulf Shores Police Department, you must pick up an impound release form from the Gulf Shores Police Department before contacting a towing company. The following information must be provided in order to obtain the release:
  • If the registered owner does not have a valid driver's license, he or she may bring two people that have a valid license and the vehicle may be released without written authorized permission.
  • The registered owner, or a representative with a written notarized authorization from the registered owner, appears at the Gulf Shores Police Department and must present a valid driver's license, a copy of the title, tag receipt or notarized bill of sale.


Any owner of a vehicle who suffers any loss due to the impounding of any vehicle pursuant to this section may recover the amount of the loss from the unlicensed, suspended, or revoked driver.

The person redeeming the vehicle at the wrecker lot will be responsible for paying the set towing and storage fee.

Any vehicle impounded that is not redeemed within 60 days, pursuant to this section, may be sold by the wrecker company for the fees according to state law.