If you’ve received a seizure notice because your vehicle was seized on the belief that it was being driven without a driving licence or valid insurance, go to our seized vehicles page to find the right information.
Here, you'll find information on what to do if your vehicle was impounded by the police because it was:
- stolen, and found by us
- involved in a collision
- being driven while untaxed
- involved in a crime
- driven in an anti-social manner
- causing an obstruction or danger
- abandoned after an incident involving the police
How to reclaim your vehicle
If you're unsure which pound your vehicle was taken to, please call us on 101. If your vehicle has been stolen and found, or if the vehicle has been removed when you weren't there, we'll have sent a letter to the person registered as the owner.
To reclaim your vehicle you'll need to go to the pound.
What you must bring with you
Proof of identity – valid photo ID
This means either:
- driving licence
- EU national identity card
- immigration document
- Freedom Pass
We won't accept a student or employer’s ID.
Proof of ownership
This means either:
- the full log book (V5C), or
- a new keeper supplement (V5C/10) together with a verifiable and ‘in date’ bill of sale
Unless the vehicle is being removed from the pound on a recovery truck it will need either:
- a valid MOT (depending on the age of the vehicle), or
- evidence of a pre-booked MOT appointment
If you don't have a valid insurance policy you can't drive the vehicle on the road. You'll have to remove it from the pound on a recovery truck.
If someone is reclaiming the vehicle on your behalf
If the legal owner of the vehicle can't go to the pound in person then someone else can collect on their behalf.
The person collecting the vehicle on your behalf must bring with them the documents listed above and also:
- an authority letter – a letter signed by you giving the person the authority to collect on your behalf
- a copy of your passport or driving licence – so we can verify the signature on the letter of authority
- a valid certificate of insurance
Collecting property from an impounded vehicle
If you want to get property from the impounded vehicle, but not the vehicle itself, you need to bring proof that you're the vehicle's owner or registered keeper (a V5C or V5C/10).
Someone else can collect on your behalf. They need to bring:
- a letter of authority, signed by you, giving them permission to collect property from the vehicle
- a copy of your passport or driving licence so we can verify the letter is signed by you
Please note, if the vehicle is badly damaged it might not be possible to get into it to remove property.
If your vehicle has been issued with a PG9 prohibition notice, isn't roadworthy or won’t start
If your vehicle has been issued with a PG9 prohibition notice, isn’t roadworthy or won’t start, you need to arrange for a fully trained, equipped and insured vehicle recovery operator to collect it at your own expense.
We don’t allow vehicles to be repaired while they’re at the pound (this includes changing tyres, repairing windscreens or jump starting).
If you're a recovery operator collecting a vehicle from the pound you must:
- bring a letter of authority from the owner or keeper, as explained above, if they don't come to the pound with you
Things to be aware of
Bring a set of keys, in case the driver didn't leave the keys in the vehicle.
If the vehicle was in a collision and you’re not sure it’s roadworthy, consider having it recovered by a professional recovery operator.
We highly recommend taking your vehicle to a garage for a safety check if you’re getting it back after it’s been stolen.
The police, including all pound staff, can't advise on whether your vehicle is roadworthy.
If your vehicle doesn’t have correct number plates and you’re planning on driving it, you must bring valid replacement plates when you collect it.
Provisional driving licence holders
If you’re driving under a provisional licence you must bring someone who:
- is over 21 and
- has held a licence for more than three years
Make sure you have L plates on the vehicle.
Payment of charges
Statutory charges apply to most vehicles removed to a pound, depending upon the reason for removal.
These charges are set by government, not the police, and vary depending on the weight and condition of the vehicle.
In most cases where the vehicle is not badly damaged or off the road, the charges will be:
- two-wheeled vehicles: £150 removal charge and £10 per day storage
- cars and light vans: £150 removal charge and £20 per day storage
Please note, the daily storage charges start from midday the day after the vehicle was seized.
Pounds are generally open from 9am to 4.30pm.
Acceptable payment methods vary but the following are normally accepted:
- cash (British currency only)
- Visa card
- Maestro card
- Solo card
If you don’t want to reclaim your vehicle
If you don’t want to reclaim your vehicle, this is called 'disclaiming', you need to go to the pound with proof of identity and proof of ownership.
You'll have to pay the disposal charge (where applicable), but you won't be asked to pay for the outstanding removal and storage charges.
- Car and light van: £75
- Two wheeled vehicle: £50
Once you sign the vehicle disclaimer, it will be disposed of straight away, by scrapping or by sale at auction. You'll no longer be responsible for taxing and insuring the vehicle.