What to do if your car is Seized by police

If you have had your car seized under a S165A Traffic Act where an officer had reasonable grounds to suspect the car was uninsured or not being driven in accordance with your driving licence, then there are a few steps you need to take to gain it back.

How to reclaim your Impounded Vehicle

On receiving your seizure notice, you have 7 working days to reclaim your vehicle. In the event that within 14 days you have not collected your vehicle OR begun the collection process, your vehicle will be disposed of.

To claim your vehicle, you will require

  • Proof of identity in the form of a valid photo ID. This includes a passport, drivers licence, EU national identity card, immigration document or freedom pass. Student or employer ID’s are not acceptable forms of ID.
  • Driving licence. This can include paper versions if accompanied by a passport, EU/EEA photo card, non-EU/EEA with an international driver permit accompanied with a passport or evidence of immigration status and date of UK arrival. If you have surrendered your licence to the police, you will need to bring proof of this along with another form of ID such as your passport.
  • Insurance Certificate. If your car was seized through no insurance, then you will require a seized car insurance policy which last for 30 days but will allow you to retrieve your vehicle. An electronic copy on your mobile phone is acceptable and it must declare all materialistic facts such as correct registered keeper details, address, date of birth, occupation. You will also be required to declare pending convictions for the seizure.
  • Proof of ownership. You will require your V5C logbook that clearly shows your name and address. In the event you have just bought the vehicle, you will require an unaltered new keeper supplement.
  • MOT Certificate. If your car is older than 3 years, you will require a valid MOT certificate to reclaim your vehicle.

With regards to the insurance. It is a serious criminal offence to not declare relevant facts on your insurance and if found to be incorrect will result in you not being able to collect your vehicle.

Some short-term cover or temporary cover may not be a valid form of impound insurance, you will need to check when speaking with the operator and inform them you are needing a policy that will allow you to reclaim your vehicle.

You can find out more on the office MET Police Website.