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Impounding vehicles

Important note – COVID-19
Due to current health concerns in relation to COVID-19, impounded vehicle owners will not be able to collect any personal effects until the vehicle is released.

Your vehicle can be impounded or clamped if you have been charged, arrested or reported for an offence including:

  • dangerous driving
  • drink and drug driving
  • driving an unregistered vehicle
  • driving an uninsured vehicle
  • driving to escape police pursuit
  • driving without a licence
  • failing to obey police direction
  • graffiti
  • leaving the scene of an accident
  • misuse of a motor vehicle
  • property damage
  • speeding.

Vehicles can be impounded or clamped for 28 days.

Releasing impounded vehicles

Make an appointment by phone to collect your vehicle at the police station or impound where it is stored.

Appointments can be made between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays except public holidays.

If you are the registered owner you need to bring your current driver's licence showing your photograph.

If you are collecting a vehicle for someone else you will need to bring:

  • a signed letter of authority from the registered owner
  • your current driver's licence showing your photograph.

Storage locations

Northern metropolitan impound
1506 Main North Road, Salisbury, SA 5108
Enter via Nylex Avenue
Phone 8250 9153

Southern metropolitan impound
5 Talisman Avenue, Edwardstown, SA 5039
Phone 8291 6150

Berri Police Station
Phone 8595 2020

Ceduna Police Station
Phone 8626 2020

Mt Gambier Police Station
Phone 8735 1020

Murray Bridge Police Station
Phone 8535 6020

Port Augusta Police Station
Phone 8648 5020

Port Lincoln Police Station
Phone 08 8688 3020

Port Pirie Police Station
Phone 8638 4000

Victor Harbor Police Station
Phone 8552 2088

Whyalla Police Station
Phone 8648 8020

Releasing clamped vehicles

A police officer will go to where your car is located and remove the clamp on the day it is due to be removed.

Applying for early release of a motor vehicle

You can apply to the Commissioner of Police for the vehicle to be released earlier if:

  • the offence occurred without your knowledge or consent
  • continued impounding or clamping will cause severe financial or physical hardship to another person other than the person who committed the offence
  • there are other grounds that warrant releasing the vehicle.

Apply online for early release or Download the early release application form.

It is an offence to interfere with a clamp or vehicle that has been impounded.

The maximum penalty is $2500 or six months imprisonment.