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Vehicle Impound

  Suspension of Live Vehicle Auctions

Due to the current public health and safety circumstances, the city must prioritize and effectively deploy city resources to support the city’s coordinated response to COVID-19. Therefore, the Denver Sheriff Department will suspend live vehicle auctions until further notice. 


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We hold true to our mission statement, which reflects our daily values:

To secure and protect vehicles and property at the Denver Sheriff Impound Facility, while providing a high level of service to the public, and to our law enforcement partners.

If your vehicle is impounded, there are a few things you need to know about why your vehicle was impounded, how to get it back, and what it will cost you. Take a look at the resources below to learn more.

Where Is My Vehicle?

Online Vehicle Locator

Search for your impounded vehicle online by license, vehicle identification number (VIN) or date of impound.

Find a vehicle by visiting the link below:

Contact Information

Vehicle Impound Facility:
5160 York Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 720-865-0470
Fax: 720-865-0461

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m, 
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


Report an Abandoned Vehicle

If you would like to report a vehicle as abandoned, please call 720-865-0471 and leave the following information:

  • Address where the vehicle is located
  • Description of the vehicle including make, model, year and color of the vehicle
  • The license plate number of the vehicle

A deputy will respond to the location of the reported abandoned vehicle and post it with an “Abandoned Vehicle Warning”.  After 72 hours, if the vehicle has not been moved at least 100ft., the vehicle will be impounded as abandoned.


Owners will be required to produce the following documents to retrieve or access a vehicle:

  1. For a tow-out
    1. Current proof of ownership: A title or current registration and a valid photo identification.
    2. A PUC certified commercial tow truck
  2. To drive the vehicle out
    1. Owner must provide a valid current registration
    2. Valid and current insurance for the vehicle
    3. Valid state issued driver’s license from the United States

PROOF OF OWNERSHIP may be established by:

  • Current Vehicle Registration Showing you as the owner.
  • Original Title - designating you as the current owner. We will accept a faxed title (front and back) from the lien holder.


  • Valid state issued driver’s license from the United States
  • Valid state issued identification card or Military ID from the United States
  • Valid passport
  • Name on identification must match the owner documents

CURRENT PROOF OF INSURANCE - A vehicle may be driven off the lot only if it is properly insured; without proper insurance it must be towed by a commercial towing service.

For questions, please call us at 720-865-0470.


Under 6,000 lbs

Over 6,000 lbs

Impound Fee

$120 towing

$170 towing


$20 (daily)

$30 (daily)

Cash, money orders, cashiers checks, travelers checks, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are acceptable forms of payment. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Recovering a Stolen Vehicle:
All stolen vehicles recovered in the City and County of Denver will not have fees assessed. The owner will not be required to pay fees in order to recover the stolen vehicle.

Booted Vehicles:
You must provide a receipt that you have paid all parking fees associated with the booted vehicle before the vehicle can be claimed. You must pay the parking fees at Parking Management at the Wellington Webb Building located at 201 W. Colfax, Denver, CO. These fees are in addition to the normal impound and storage fees.

With proof of ownership (valid ID & valid registration or title), access will be granted to vehicles for personal property removal. Access will not be granted for vehicles with police holds. The vehicle owner or his/her legally authorized agent may have one opportunity to retrieve personal property. Only one person will be allowed in the yard to recover property.  Items attached to the vehicle such as radios, speakers, wheels, etc. may not be removed.

The vehicle owner may authorize another party to pick-up the vehicle and/or property with the following documentation:

A Notarized Letter of Authorization (PDF) from the Registered or Titled owner/lien holder instructing his/her designee to act as the Owner’s Legal Agent, which must include:

  1. Owners name matching the name on title and/or current Registration
  2. Description of Owner’s vehicle to include year, make, model, VIN and/or license plate number
  3. Name of person designated to act as an owner’s agent. Agent’s name must match the identification presented to the Vehicle Impound Facility
  4. In order to drive the vehicle off of the lot, agents must have a valid driver’s license, current registration, and proper insurance. If only the title is presented, the vehicle must be commercially towed

Please be aware that access will not be granted for vehicles with Police Holds. For questions, please call us at 720-865-0470.

The Denver Sheriff Department operates a property bureau located at 5150 York Street, adjacent to the Vehicle Impound Facility. Excess inmate property or property from inmates that have been released to the Department of Corrections will be transferred to the property bureau from the Denver County Jail or the Downtown Detention Center. 

Retrieval of property from the property bureau will require a government issued ID (driver license, state ID card, passport, etc). Written authorization may be given by the inmate for an individual to retrieve their property.

For inmate property inquiries please call 720-865-0490.

Denver International Airport (DIA) Parking can be contacted at 303-342-4650. A receipt must be provided indicating parking fees associated with the vehicle have been paid when claiming the vehicle. Parking fees must be paid at DIA. These fees are in addition to the Vehicle Impound Facility storage fees.

Vehicles impounded for special event parking violations near the Broncos Stadium at Mile High will initially be towed to Waste Water Management located at 2000 W. 3rd Avenue. The vehicle must be claimed within two hours after the end of the event. A valid driver’s license and $120 will be required to recover the vehicle at the temporary impound location.  

If the vehicle is not recovered within two hours after the end of the event, the vehicle will be towed to the Vehicle Impound Facility located at 5160 York St. The vehicle can only be claimed during normal business hours for $240 plus storage. Proof of ownership, valid photo identification and proof of insurance will be required.

Owners will receive a notice of right to hearing along with the notice of impoundment. A notice of right to hearing will also be supplied upon retrieval of a vehicle. Vehicle Impoundment Hearings are held at the Vehicle Impoundment Hearing Office located at the Parking Magistrate’s Office, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

In order to obtain a hearing, you must take one of the following actions within 10 calendar days of the mailing date on your notice of impoundment or hand delivery of the notice of right to hearing, whichever is first:

  • You may appear in-person during business hours to set a hearing; or
  • You may telephone the Parking Magistrate’s Office at 720-913-5300 during the hours indicated to set a hearing.

If there is a police hold on a vehicle, all inquiries should be directed to the proper police bureau. There will be NO ACCESS to vehicles with a police hold for property or inspection without being accompanied by the investigating detective.


Attending Vehicle Auctions

C.R.S. 42-4-1804 and D.R.M.C. 54-814 require that vehicles are secured for a minimum of 30 days before disposition, unless held for police investigation.

Auctions are held every other Wednesday at 5280 Brighton Blvd. The auction is open to the public and dealers. A valid state-issued ID card and a $100 deposit is required to sign up for a bidder’s card. Acceptable forms of payment at auction are cash and pre-approved cashier’s checks.The vehicle you purchase will need to be towed out. There will be neither a registration nor guarantee of title issued. Vehicles are sold “as is.” There are no refunds. No one under 18 is allowed in the yard, and children are not to be left unattended in vehicles outside the yard. Please see the VIF lobby menu board for additional information.

Terms, Conditions and Things To Know Before Attending A Vehicle Auction (PDF)

Be advised that some of these vehicles will not be present on the day of sale, as owners/lien holders will have reclaimed the vehicles. You must be present at the sale preview to know what remaining vehicles will be offered and to view vehicle conditions. 

Learn more about the Abandoned and Confiscated Vehicle Auction, and see the most recent auction listing.


Mailing Address:

Denver Sheriff Department
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

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