Mechanicsburg Police Department Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Mechanicsburg Police Department            Mechanicsburg, Ohio

Towed Vehicles

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The Mechanicsburg Police Department takes road safety extremely seriously and as such our policy requires our road patrol to tow vehicles when certain violations occur. 


The Tow Companies that serve Mechanicsburg Police Department will NOT release any vehicle towed by Mechanicsburg Police Department without a release form provided to the owner of the vehicle.


So, your vehicle has been towed—now what?


You MUST come to the Mechanicsburg Police Department in person to obtain a release form, and the owner must provide the following:


  • A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE or, as an alternative, be accompanied by a SUBSTITUTE DRIVER WITH A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE;
  • VALID PROOF OF INSURANCE on the vehicle;
  • VALID REGISTRATION on the vehicle; and
  • Pay a $25 non-refundable administrative fee.


If the owner of the vehicle cannot provide any of the above requirements, the vehicle may only be released, by personal tow or a tow company, after payment of the administrative fee is received by Mechanicsburg Police Department.


Release Forms Hours and Procedure


Vehicle Release Forms will only be provided Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM except holidays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call ahead (937)-834-3303 Ext. 1 and ask for Chief John Alexander or Lt. David Patrick II.  If you come to the Mechanicsburg Police Department without an appointment the on duty officer may or may not be able to help you and provide the release you need to get your vehicle out of impound.  The clerk in the front office does not work for the police department you will need to call (937)834-3303 Ext. 1 and speak with Dispatch and ask for an on duty officer to meet with you.  Please explain the reason you are there to the dispatcher and you may have to wait.  If you cause a disturbance or disrupt the front office staff you may be charged with disorderly conduct.  All activity in the front office is recorded both video and audio. 


Payment in cash will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM when the Village Clerk is in the office.  All other times, check or money order will only be accepted.




If your vehicle is towed for driving under the following conditions:


  • Driving under OVI suspension;
  • Driving under ALS suspension; or
  • Driving while operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) second or more violations within 10 years.


Your vehicle must be immobilized and will only be released from impound by tow to a location of your choosing within 10 miles of Mechanicsburg.  Exceptions for distances over 10 miles may be made at the discretion of the Chief of Police prior to the tow.  A steering wheel lock will be placed on the vehicle by a Mechanicsburg Police Officer.




If the owner does not pick up their vehicle within three (3) business days of the tow, a certified letter with return receipt will be sent to the last known address of the owner and any lien holders.  If the vehicle is not picked up within 10 days from  date of mailing of the notice, the vehicle will be forfeited to the Village of Mechanicsburg and sold at public auction. (R.C. 4513.61 and R.C. 4513.62)


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