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Impounded Vehicles

Why was my vehicle towed?
Where did they tow my vehicle?
Where is the Bellevue Police Department located?
How much will it cost to get my vehicle out of impound? Can I pay with check or credit card?
What is an administrative fee and why do I need to pay it?
If my car was towed at 11:45pm, am I still required to pay a storage fee for that day?
What documents will I need to bring with me?
Why do I need a picture ID? Won’t my social security card prove my identity?
Where are the keys to my vehicle?
Who can get my car out of impound? What if I’m in jail or out of town?
Why couldn’t a relative or friend drive my car home instead of it being towed?
Why was I charged a locksmith fee?
Why is my vehicle being held for 30 days? What is a nuisance hold?
My vehicle was parked on my property, what right did the police have to tow it?
If I can’t or don’t want to get my car out of impound, will I still be able to get my property out?
What happens if my car is impounded for longer than thirty (30) days?

 


Q: Why was my vehicle towed?

A: The most common reasons a vehicle is towed and impounded by Bellevue Police are for offenses relating to:

  • driving under suspension/revocation
  • driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • parking violations where the registered owner cannot be found
  • investigation and evidence
  • officer’s request (i.e., recovered stolen, traffic hazard, accident, abandonment, and questionable ownership)
  • long & continuous parking
  • failure to register and/or properly display plates on a vehicle regardless of whether it’s on public or private property
  • snow emergencies declared by the Mayor of Bellevue


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Q: Where did they tow my vehicle?

A: The City of Bellevue contracts with two tow companies as well as maintaining a storage lot of its own. All storage lots are located in Bellevue and are no further than 3.5 miles from the police department. Once the release paperwork is processed at the Bellevue Police front desk, the receptionist will inform you of the vehicles’ location and provide you with a map if needed.

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Q: Where is the Bellevue Police Department located?

A: The Bellevue Police Department is located in Olde Town Bellevue at 2207 Washington Street and shares the same building as City Hall. The main lobby door is situated at the northwest corner of Mission Avenue and Washington Street. Take Highway 370 East until you reach the intersection at Galvin Road South, turn right adjacent to Walgreens and go to the next stoplight. Turn left at the stoplight onto Mission Avenue. The Police Department is approximately eight blocks down on the left hand side across from Mission Middle School.

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Q: How much will it cost to get my vehicle out of impound? Can I pay with check or credit card?

A: The overall cost of each towed vehicle differs depending on the circumstances. The Administrative Fee at the police department is $30.00. The tow fees are rated according to type of vehicle:

  • $80.00: Passenger cars, small trucks (licensed for four (4) tons or less), trailers (other than semi-trailers).
  • $90.00: Straight trucks licensed for more than four (4) tons.
  • $75.00: Motorcycles
  • $75.00: Other vehicles (snowmobiles, boats on trailers, motor scooters, etc.).

State and local taxes are added to all tow fees. Storage fees for each type of vehicle are $20.00 per calendar day. Other charges may apply if additional personnel and/or equipment were utilized. All payments, whether at the police department or impound lot, must be paid in cash.

If keys were not available at the time the vehicle was towed, a locksmith fee will be applied and payable at the police front desk. Locksmith fees vary from $30 to $65 dollars.

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Q: What is an administrative fee and why do I need to pay it?

A: The administrative fee is a fee mandated by the City of Bellevue to help offset operational expenses incurred by vehicle tows.

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Q: If my car was towed at 11:45pm, am I still required to pay a storage fee for that day?

A. Yes. Storage fees are accessed by each calendar day, not upon the time of day or hours of storage.

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Q: What documents will I need to bring with me?

A: If you are the registered owner, you will need to bring a picture ID. This can be as basic as a school identification card or employee work badge. If your license was taken by the officer and you received a temporary license (yellow copy) instead, this will also suffice as proper identification.

If you are not the registered owner but have in your possession the title of the vehicle signed by you and the last registered owner, you may bring this in with a picture ID and we can process the release paperwork. A bill of sale is useful with the signed title, but not necessary to secure the release. A bill of sale, however, cannot be used as sole documentation for release.

If you’ve been designated by the registered owner to pick up the vehicle, you will need to have a signed letter by him or her authorizing you to do so and have it notarized by a Notary Public. Notary Publics are available at financial intuitions and many businesses.

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Q: Why do I need a picture ID? Won’t my social security card prove my identity?

A: Since we can only release the vehicle by Nebraska State law to the registered owner, or a duly authorized individual named by the registered owner, proper picture identification is the only way for us to confirm legal ownership of the vehicle.

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Q: Where are the keys to my vehicle?

A: The Vehicle Impound Recovery Report, maintained at the Bellevue Police front desk, indicates where the keys to the vehicle are located. Normally they are with the vehicle at the impound lot.

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Q: Who can get my car out of impound? What if I’m in jail or out of town?

A: Only the registered owner of the vehicle is permitted to gain the release. If you are in jail or out of town, other arrangements can be made. (See answer to question: What documents will I need to bring with me?)

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Q: Why couldn’t a relative or friend drive my car home instead of it being towed?

A: The on-scene officer must exercise judgment in all situations involving vehicle tows and impounds. The officer, for example, must impound the vehicle if it is needed for investigation or evidence, or if it is being towed as a nuisance impound (see answer to question: Why is my vehicle being held for 30 days? What is a nuisance hold?). The officer will also tow the vehicle if the operator was driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs unless the owner requests that another person in the vehicle take possession. This person must not be intoxicated and must possess a valid driver’s license.

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Q: Why was I charged a locksmith fee?

A: All vehicles towed by the Bellevue Police for any legal reason will be inventoried by the on-scene officer. This includes all containers within the vehicle such as boxes, brief cases, suitcases, etc. These items are then annotated on the Vehicle Impound Recovery Report. If no keys are available at the time of inventory, a locksmith is called to gain entry to the trunk, all locked doors, compartments, and containers.

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Q: Why is my vehicle being held for 30 days? What is a nuisance hold?

A: A nuisance impound is where the driver is found to be operating a motor vehicle during suspension/revocation, while driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI), Administrative License Revocation (ALR), Zero Tolerance, or Implied Consent. State statutes dictate the vehicle remain on hold for at least ten (10) but not more than thirty (30) days.

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Q: My vehicle was parked on my property, what right did the police have to tow it?

A: Under state laws and city ordinances, a vehicle is considered dead storage or abandoned if it is on public or private property without proper registration and license plates and is within public view. This also applies to vehicles not parked on a hard surface. The officer will attempt to contact the registered owner when a notice or red tag is placed on the vehicle. Failure to correct this violation will cause the vehicle be towed in seven (7) days when on private property, or 24 to 48 hours when parked on any city streets, thoroughfares, or designated parking areas.

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Q: If I can’t or don’t want to get my car out of impound, will I still be able to get my property out?

A: Yes, but several requirements must be met.

  1. You must be the registered owner or authorized by the registered owner to gain access to the vehicle (see answer to question: What documents will I need to bring with me?).
  2. You must have a picture ID or temporary driver’s license (yellow copy).
  3. You must pay the $30.00 administrative fee at the Bellevue Police front desk.
  4. You must pay any fees required by the impound lot. (See answer to question: How much will it cost to get my vehicle out of impound?).

Items that are considered physically attached to the vehicle such as radios, speakers, CB’s, etc, cannot be removed.

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Q: What happens if my car is impounded for longer than thirty (30) days?

A: When a vehicle has been impounded for a minimum of seven days, a certified letter is sent to the registered owner and the lien holder, if any, stating that the vehicle is now considered abandoned. If there is no contact or claim by the registered owner after thirty days of the date of the letter, the Bellevue Police Department will apply for a title through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

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