Early release forms

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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