Minneapolis Impound Lot

Vehicles towed from city streets are taken to the Impound Lot.

Why we tow vehicles

We may tow your vehicle for a number of reasons including

  • Being illegally parked or blocking traffic
  • By police order (for example, if it's been in an accident, stolen or involved in a crime)
  • Violating snow emergency rules
  • Blocking street sweeping, seal coating or street maintenance crews or vehicles
  • If it's abandoned
  • If it poses a danger to public safety

Avoid being towed

To lower the chances of your car being towed, be sure to follow

Search the Impound Lot

You'll need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license number.

Impound Lot snow emergency hours

During snow emergencies the Impound Lot is open 24 hours.

Getting your vehicle back

Picking up your vehicle yourself

Vehicles can be released to the registered owner or a relative with the same last name. To have your vehicle released, you or a relative with the same last name must pay the fees and show the following information:

  • Proof of insurance in your name
  • Current registration, title or lease agreement
  • License plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Picture ID such as a driver's license or Minnesota ID card

A licensed driver is required to drive the vehicle from the lot. You may also have the vehicle towed from the lot.

Authorizing someone else to pick up your vehicle

Someone other than the registered owner or a relative with the same last name may pick up the vehicle or remove property from it if they have a notarized statement from the registered owner that includes:

  • The name of the authorized person
  • A photocopy of the registered owner’s ID or driver’s license
  • The license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • The make and year of the vehicle

Notarized statements can be brought in person or faxed to the Impound Lot.

Picking up a rental car

To pick up a rental vehicle, you must present the rental agreement and an ID or driver’s license that matches the name on the agreement. In some cases, the rental company has to fax an authorization letter with the name of the person who can pick up the vehicle. View the Impound Lot fax number

Getting your vehicle back faster (during a Snow Emergency)

New faster service window open for Snow Emergencies

As of December 24, 2020, the Impound Lot has a faster service window (called the Fast Track Window). We offer this service window during Snow Emergencies days 2 & 3 only. It's at a different location than the Impound Lot.

What to know

The new Snow Emergency Fast Track System lets you pay fees online before going to the Impound Lot.

  1. Read getting your vehicle back to see what you'll need before you go.
  2. Pay online and use the Fast Track system to reduce your vehicle release wait time.
  3. Once you receive a payment confirmation email, your vehicle will be released to you.
  4. A shuttle will bring you to your vehicle at the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Location and hours

Ramp A location and hours 

Visit the service window located in the lobby of Ramp A. Ramp A is located on the bus and near the light rail blue line.

Parking: If you drive in, please park at Ramp A or the Hawthorne Transportation Center. We'll validate your parking (Bring the ticket you pulled at the entrance).

More details at MplsParking - Snow

Impound fees

Standard tow charge $138
Daily storage rate $18 per day (assessed at midnight)
Heavy-duty tow $175 plus winch time at $45 per half-hour
Notification letter $6

You can pay impound fees with:

  • Cash
  • Check or money order (personal, cashier or traveler's)
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)

Parking tickets

We'll also issue any parking citations when we release a towed vehicle. You may pay these fines by mail in the envelope provided or at the Hennepin County Violations Bureau

Reasons we may hold your vehicle

Parking violations

If you have 5 or more unpaid parking citations, we will not release your vehicle until you pay all fines and present a letter from the Hennepin County Violations Bureau confirming you've done so.

If you have any citations in collections, you must pay those fines in person at the Minnesota Department of Revenue, then bring the receipts to the Hennepin County Violations Bureau and get a letter confirming you've paid all fines.

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Hennepin County Violations Bureau

Police holds

Vehicles involved in a crime must be cleared of any police holds. For details on clearing a police hold, call the Minneapolis Impound Lot


We'll release impounded vehicles to repossessors who

  • Present an Affidavit of Repossession
  • Pay the towing and storage fees

We can not hold vehicles for repossessors. If the registered owner comes in first and meets the requirements for release explained in "Getting your vehicle back" above, they'll be allowed to take the vehicle.


The Minneapolis Impound Lot hosts public and dealer auctions each month.

Contact us

Minneapolis Impound Lot


51 Colfax Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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Regular operating hours

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday – Saturday

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Snow Emergency hours

Open 24 hours. On Day 3, plowing ends at 8 p.m. and we stay open until 1 a.m. (the next day). We then go back to our regular operating hours.

Closed on City holidays

See a list of City holidays

Minneapolis Impound Lot - Snow Emergency fast service window


See Impound Lot


Ramp A  - Business window in Ramp A lobby
101 North 9th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hawthorne Transportation Center (extra parking option)
33 N. 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Get directions



Snow Emergency service window hours

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Open during day 2 and 3 of Snow Emergency only. 

Closed during Day 1 of Snow Emergency and non-Snow Emergency days. 

When the fast track window location is closed, go to Impound Lot directly instead.