Pursuant to Section 22852 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the registered owner, the legal owner of record, or his/her agent, has a right to request a post-storage hearing to determine the validity of the storage of a vehicle in which there is an interest.
The provisions of Section 22852 CVC shall not apply to the removal of vehicles abated under the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program pursuant to California Vehicle Code Sections 22660 through 22668 inclusive, and Section 22710, or to vehicles impounded for investigation in accordance with Section 22655, or to vehicles removed from private property pursuant to Section 22658, or to abandoned vehicles which are determined by the public agency to have an estimated value of five hundred dollars ($500) or less pursuant to the provisions contained in CVC Section 22669.
In order to receive a post-storage hearing, the registered owner, legal owner, or his/her agent must make a formal request (either by letter or telephone) to the Special Enforcement Division within ten (10) working days. Mail the written request for a tow hearing to the following address: Santa Monica Police Department, Special Enforcement Division – Traffic Section/Tow Hearing Officer, 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The hearing will be held in a timely manner and could take up to two (2) weeks to complete, excluding weekends and holidays. All hearing requests must contain the following information:
- Complete and correct name of the person requesting the Tow Hearing.
- Current address and daytime/contact telephone number.
- Proof of interest in the concerned vehicle if you are not listed as the registered or legal owner with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- Report number and date of vehicle tow.
- Vehicle license plate number, including the state.
No walk-in hearings will be conducted. For additional questions, you may call (310) 458-8993, press Option 4, and leave a message for the Tow Hearing Office