Towed Vehicle Information

Vehicles that have been towed by the Dayton Police Department may be recovered by the registered owner at the Auto Recovery Unit, located in the Safety Building, 335 West 3rd Street, first floor.

To speak with someone about a towed vehicle, contact the Auto Recovery Unit by calling 937-333-1058 or 937-333-1038 during the week or 937-333-1000 on weekends and holidays.


Auto Recovery Unit hours are:
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, please phone before arrival for hours
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Vehicle Release

To obtain a vehicle release, the registered owner is required to show:
  • A clear title, or certificate of memorandum title
  • A bill of sale may be used if the vehicle was purchased within the past 30 days
  • If the vehicle is leased, the lease agreement or a current registration is acceptable in lieu of a title
  • Photo identification


If the registered owner is out of town or is unable show up in person, vehicles may be released to the owner’s designee, as long as they provide the following:
  • A notarized statement signed by the owner, authorizing the Dayton Police Department to release the vehicle to the designee
  • A copy of the title or memorandum title
  • Photo identification (of the designee)
If the owner is out of town, they will need to fax the notarized statement to the Auto Recovery Unit at 937-333-1001, prior to the arrival of the designee.

Deceased Owner

If a registered owner is deceased, the vehicle may be released after the title has been transferred to the new owner. For information transferring a title, please visit the BMV’s website for “BMV Form 3705” or call your local BMV.