How To Release A Vehicle

You’ve had your car or van seized. You’re angry and frustrated and not sure what to do next. Relax and read this guide which will break it down into a few simple steps.

1. If your car has been seized, you will have been given a seizure notice. If you have not received this for any reason, contact your local police station, give them your vehicle registration number and request your seizure notice.

2. Refer to your seizure notice and check what documents you need to provide to retrieve your seized car.

3. Normally this includes proof of ownership (examples are your V5 log book or other relevant documents provided by the DVLA), your driving licence and seized car insurance.

4. The latter – seized car insurance – is usually the most difficult since the majority of mainstream insurers cannot cover seized vehicles making your search long, expensive and futile. We specialise in seized car insurance so give us a quick call on the above number.

5. Choose either 30 day or annual seized car insurance. If you’re looking to keep the vehicle for a long time and it will stay on the road, make sure you take out an annual policy¬† insuring your seized car. If you will sell the vehicle within a month or have it SORN then you may only need thirty day cover which is cheaper and without cancellation fees.

6. Now you have your documents, have a last check on your seizure notice to make sure you have everything listed. Take all your documents including covernote for your seized car insurance to the police station  listed on your seizure notice. Here the police station staff will check your documents against a number of databases including the Police National Computer and Motor Insurance Database. If your details are correct they will stamp your seizure notice giving you permission to then collect it from the police compound.

7. Take your seizure notice to the compound where it is located. If you don’t know where this is you can contact TRACE – the vehicle towing tracing service – which can locate if for you.

8. You will probably have a fee to release your seized car due to the daily storage fees it’s mounted up by being kept in the police impound. Make sure you have enough cash on you to pay this – to be on the safe side, you should really take several hundred in case, since the pound may not be able to accept payment by card.

9. Once you have settled up, your car will be back in your ownership and you can drive away soundly knowing the whole episode is over!

10. Now keep safe and make sure you renew your seized car insurance if you only have a monthly policy!

If you have any remaining questions about the process you can visit our FAQs page or get in touch.