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Vehicle Impound Forms

Personal computer (including Mac) instructions

Steps to complete the forms:

  • Download the form
  • Save the form as a PDF
  • Locate the saved copy and complete the form
  • Now use the “Submit by Email” button at the top of the form
  • Attach any other documents required for your application to the email before you send it.

Mobile device (smartphones and tablets including iPhone and iPad)

Steps to complete the forms:

  • Download Adobe Fill & Sign from the App Store (free app)
  • Download the form you require from Vehicle Impound Forms
  • Open the form with Adobe Fill & Sign
  • Complete the form
  • Share the form and select email
  • Email the form to [email protected]
  • Attach any other documents required for your application to the email before you send it.

If the Commissioner is satisfied that each person who has an interest in an impounded vehicle has, in accordance with subsection (4), consented to the Commissioner doing so, the Commissioner, on behalf of those persons, may sell or otherwise dispose of the vehicle.

WA Police can dispose of an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if the registered owner completes an 80JA application.

Failure to attach the correct information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following is an outline of the type of information required to progress your application.

Information:

  • Complete the 80JA application form.
  • Have your signature witnessed (list available on the last page of your application form).
  • Your signature must not be witnessed by a staff member from WA Police (conflict of interest).
  • If you require property from within the vehicle please complete a Property Release form.

The storage costs will cease when WA Police receive your completed application form. The driver of the vehicle will be invoiced for any outstanding towage and storage costs associated with the impounding of your vehicle.

ALTHOUGH POLICE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF WORKING FOR WA POLICE ARE ORDINARILY AUTHORISED TO WITNESS A STATUTORY DECLARATION, IT IS WA POLICE POLICY THAT NEITHER POLICE OFFICERS NOR POLICE STAFF WILL WITNESS A STATUTORY DECLARATION FOR APPLICATIONS UNDER SECTION 80JA OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1974, REQUESTING THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO SELL A VEHICLE IMPOUNDED WITH CONSENT OF OWNER/S.

 

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  1. In this section -

    former owner, in relation to an uncollected vehicle sold or otherwise disposed of under section 80J, or an item in or on the vehicle, means the owner of the vehicle or item before the vehicle or item was sold or otherwise disposed of;

    • Item has the meaning given in section 80J(1);
    • Uncollected vehicle has the meaning given in section 80J(1).
  2. The State is liable to pay compensation to the former owner of an uncollected vehicle, or an item, if the vehicle or item is sold or otherwise disposed of under section 80J and —
    • No charge of committing the offence for which the vehicle was impounded is laid during the period of one year after the day on which the offence is suspected to have been committed; or
    • During the period described in paragraph (a), a person is charged with committing the offence but the person is acquitted of that offence, or the charge is withdrawn or dismissed.
  3. If, before the end of the period referred to in subsection (2)(a), the Commissioner of Police is satisfied that it is unlikely that a person will be charged with committing the offence for which the uncollected vehicle was impounded, the former owner of the vehicle, or item, may be paid compensation.
  4. A liability that the State has under subsection (2) in relation to an uncollected vehicle, or item, is reduced by an amount paid under subsection (3) in relation to the vehicle or item.
  5. The State may recover from a person an amount equal to the amount of compensation paid to the person under subsection (2) or (3) in a court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due to the State if —
    • A person is, after the payment of the compensation, convicted of the offence for which the uncollected vehicle was impounded; and
    • Any appeal against the conviction is determined and the conviction is not quashed or overturned.
  6. The State is liable to pay compensation to the former owner of an uncollected vehicle, or an item, if —
    • a person was convicted of the offence for which the vehicle was impounded; and
    • the person is subsequently acquitted of the offence; and
    • at the time of the acquittal —
      • a. No other person has been convicted of the offence for which the vehicle was impounded; or
      • b. If a person has been charged with the offence for which the vehicle was impounded, the person is acquitted of the offence or the charge is withdrawn or dismissed.
  7. The amount of compensation to be paid under this section —
    • For an uncollected vehicle, is limited to the market value of the vehicle at the time it was impounded; and
    • For an item, is limited to the market value of the item at the time the vehicle was impounded.
  8. For the purposes of subsection (7), the market value of an uncollected vehicle, or an item, is —
    • The market value agreed between the State and the former owner of the vehicle or item; or
    • If no such agreement exists, the market value of the vehicle or item as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The following information must be supplied when completing your 80M compensation application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information

Provide information (a statement) that includes the following information:

  • Date of court outcome.
  • Court outcome.
  • Location of court.
  • List of items within the vehicle.
  • Receipts for the items within the vehicle if available.
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  1. A person may, within 10 days after the day on which a motorcycle is impounded under section 80O(2) or 80Q(1) or (2), give to the Commissioner a claim that —
    • The person —
      • a. is a responsible person for the motor cycle; and
      • b. is not a member of the driver’s immediate family; and
      • c. was not the driver of the motor cycle at the time of the suspected use;
        and
    • The suspected use of the motor cycle occurred without the knowledge and acquiescence of the person.
  2. The claim is to be in an approved form.
  3. If the Commissioner accepts the claim, the Commissioner must, as soon as practicable, ensure that the motor cycle is returned to the claimant.
  4. If the Commissioner rejects a claim, the Commissioner must, as soon as practicable, give a written notice of the rejection to the person making the claim.

Immediate family, in relation to a person, means a spouse or de facto partner, child, grandchild, sibling, parent or grandparent of the person;

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that the impounded vehicle was subject to a claim of right to possession. The following information must be supplied when completing your Claim of Right to Possession application form.Failure to attach the correct information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application:

Information:

  • The rider’s name
  • The rider’s relationship to the owner (required if not immediate family)
  • Any items located in or on the vehicle
  • Reasons for the application
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Early release forms for the following circumstances can be found below:

Exceptional hardship early release form

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that exceptional hardship will be suffered by the applicant. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information:

Provide information (a statement) that outlines how a refusal to grant your application and release your vehicle would cause exceptional hardship to you and your family.

This information should include information regarding your work and the financial impact as outlined below. Documents supporting the accuracy of the claims in your statement must also be provided.

  • Work details
  • Exceptional hardship for you or your family
  • Transport details
  • Reasons the vehicle won’t be released early
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Hire vehicle early release form

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that the impounded vehicle was subject to a formal agreement to hire the vehicle (Hire Vehicle) from a registered hire company. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information:

Provide information (a statement) that addresses the following:

  • Who the rental agreement was with.
  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Drivers licence number.
  • Any other drivers nominated.
  • Date hired.
  • Scheduled return date.

Payment for the towage and storage costs will be paid by the rental company before the vehicle is released.

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Incorrect impound early release form

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that the impounded vehicle was subject to an incorrect impound, the applicant must present clear evidence that their vehicle should not have been impounded by WA Police. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information:

Provide information (a statement) that explains why the vehicle was incorrectly impounded. Please attach all documents that will assist in your application to have the vehicle returned.

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Stolen vehicle early release form

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that the impounded vehicle was subject to a stolen vehicle report, the incident must be investigated by WA Police and simply reporting a vehicle stolen is not a reason to release a vehicle early. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information:

Provide information (a statement) that includes the following:

  • Location (police station) the vehicle was reported stolen.
  • The date your witness statement was taken by a police officer.
  • The incident report (IR) number for the stolen vehicle.
  • If you have any links (friend or relative) to the person driving the vehicle.
  • Attach any documents to prove that the vehicle was stolen.

Please be aware that WA Police may wait until the investigating officer supplies further information to substantiate (prove) the stolen vehicle claim, this may delay the approval to release the vehicle.

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Substitute vehicle early release form

Impounded vehicles can be released if a suitable substitute vehicle is provided by either the driver or owner of the impounded vehicle. The substituted vehicle must be of equal or a higher value, licenced and road worthy. Included with the details of the vehicle such as registration number, owners name and address and proof of licence must be included with a detailed explanation required as to why a substitution is required. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information:

Provide information (a statement) that identifies the vehicle that you would like to substitute. Please attach all documents that will assist in your application to have the vehicle substituted.

You will need to include the following:

  • Substitute vehicle registration number.
  • Substitute vehicle make, model and year.
  • Owners name and address.
  • Photos from all sides and the motor and interior of the substitute vehicle.
  • Previous service history may be required.
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Taxi early release form

WA Police can only release an impounded vehicle before the scheduled release date if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that the impounded vehicle is a registered Taxi. The following information must be supplied when completing your Early Release application form.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application.

Information: 

Provide information (a statement) that includes the following:

  • Owner of the taxi plates.
  • Driver of the taxi.
  • Drivers licence number of the driver.
  • Are licence checks completed on all drivers?

Taxi means a vehicle,

  • a. On which taxi plates issued under the Taxi Act 1994 are being used;
    or
  • b. In respect of which a taxi-car licence has been issued under the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 Part IIIB,And it does not matter whether or not, at the relevant time, it is standing or plying for hire or carrying passengers for reward;

Taxi operator, of a taxi, means a person who,

  • a. Under the Taxi Act 1994, owns or leases the taxi plates, issued under that Act, that are being used on the taxi; or
  • b. Holds the taxi-car licence issued under the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 in respect of the taxi
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Information for applicants

Steps:

1. Only the OWNER of the impounded vehicle can enter into a Time Payment Plan agreement with the Western Australian Police.

Owners must make their application within 14 days of the schedule release date of their vehicle to be eligible for a payment plan.

The Applicant must be present when collecting the vehicle from the impound yard, as the applicant will be required to sign the application form for when the final costs are updated. All costs along with any additional storage rates for the impounded vehicle can be obtained by contacting the storage yard.

2. Upon approval of the application, the applicant will be financially liable for the total costs at collection (A) (refer to Application form).

An approved application will remain valid for 7 DAYS only from the approval date; after this period a new application will be required. The applicant will be advised by email, SMS or telephone when the application has been approved or declined.

Should the applicant later wish to make any changes to an application it will be cancelled and the submission of a new application will be required. An applicant will be ineligible to apply for a payment plan if there are any existing outstanding payment plans or fines owed by the applicant (the applicant can be on a payment plan for the outstanding fines).

General guidelines:

3. A Minimum Deposit of 60% of the Total Cost at collection IS REQUIRED.

The Balance of Total cost at Collection “A” less Deposit “B” (refer to Application form) will be made by six (6) fortnightly payments; this will be calculated for equal amounts to be paid over the chosen period.

4. If the applicant is not in a financial position to recover their vehicle they may wish to consider submitting an 80JA requesting the Commissioner of Police to sell an impounded vehicle. On receipt of an approved 80JA application no further storage costs will be incurred.

5. A payment plan is NOT PERMITTED if the vehicle is released as a result of an Early Release Application being approved. A condition of early release will be that payment for impound costs is made in full (Section 79E Road Traffic Act 1974).

Once the application is approved:

Notification is made of the approval. The Authorisation for Impounded Vehicle Release form is sent to the Storage yard by WA Police.

The Applicant is to book an appointment with the Storage yard and arrange for the collection of the vehicle. The deposit is to be paid at the Storage yard upon collection.

100 points of identification must be produced before the vehicle will be released. Please refer to the WA Police web site at www.police.wa.gov.au for further information.

The outstanding balance for the impound cost, the applicant will have to wait between 6 to 12 weeks to receive the final tax invoice from WA Police for further payment to be made.

Written applications to be sent to:

Vehicle Impound Unit
Western Australia Police
Online: www.police.wa.gov.au
Fax: 08 9373 2420
E-mail[email protected]

 

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WA Police can only release property from an impounded vehicle if it can be demonstrated (proven) by the applicant that they are the owner of the vehicle. The following information must be supplied when completing your Property Release application form.

  • List of items required from the vehicle
  • Identification supplied with the application
  • 100 points of identification supplied to the storage contractor when you collect your property

If someone else owns the property located within the impounded vehicle, the owner must complete the bottom section of the property application and supply identification as described above.

Please be aware that anything attached (secured) to the vehicle will not be removed, it must be sold or destroyed with the vehicle. (Excluding Alcohol Interlock devices fitted in accordance with the Road Traffic (Authorisation to Drive) Act 2008).

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If the Commissioner is satisfied that the driver of an impounded vehicle has:

  • Been charged with committing the offence but the person is acquitted of that offence, or the charge is withdrawn or dismissed; or
  • No charge of committing the offence for which the vehicle was impounded is laid during the period of one year after the day on which the offence is suspected to have been committed.

The person who paid for the towage and storage costs would be eligible for a full refund of those costs.

Failure to attach the correct information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application:

Information:

  • Driver’s name.
  • Court date.
  • Court location.
  • Court outcome.
  • Name of the person who paid for the towage and storage costs.
  • Contact details of the person who paid the towage and storage costs.
  • Bank account details of the person who paid the towage and storage costs.
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WA Police will release an impounded vehicle on or after the scheduled release date, the registered owner of the vehicle is the only person that can collect the impounded vehicle from the WA Police contractor. The following information must be supplied when completing your Release application form.

If you require someone else to collect the vehicle on your behalf you can nominate them on the bottom of the application and provide proof of their identification.

Failure to attach sufficient information will result in your application not being processed. A request for further information will be sent to the applicant.

The following information is required to progress your application:

Information:

  • 100 points of identification to the WA Police contractor.
  • Email the release form to the Vehicle Impound Unit.
  • Include identification of the authorised person to collect your vehicle if required.
  • Payment of all towage and storage cost associated with the vehicle impound.

100 points of identification must be produced before the vehicle will be released, please refer to the Vehicle Impound section of this website for information.

Note: Photo identification must be included in the 100 points. A vehicle will not be released unless photo identification is supplied, if you are unable to produce photo ID you must attend your local Police station for a stamped release form.

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