Non-Consensual Towing Procedures -
Notification and Vehicle Disposal
There have been recent changes in Connecticut Law regarding automobiles placed in the custody of licensed dealers and repairers. As a result, the Department of Motor Vehicles has prepared the following procedures. The procedures are divided into four major areas:
These changes are effective immediately.
Section 1: Vehicles abandoned or menace to traffic, towed by order of a police officer or traffic authority under Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-150.
A nonconsensual tow is defined as the towing or transporting of a motor vehicle in accordance with the provisions of Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-145 or for which arrangements are made by order of a law enforcement officer or traffic authority as defined in Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-297.
The police agency shall complete DMV "Notice of Motor Vehicle Tow" (form H-114) and mail a copy of said form by certified mail to the vehicle owner and all lien holders of record if any such vehicle remains unclaimed after 48 hours. The pink copy of the "Notice of Motor Vehicle Tow" (form H-114) must be given to the tower if the vehicle remains unclaimed after 48 hours. If the vehicle remains unclaimed, the tower must notify the owner and lien holder that the vehicle remains in the tower's possession prior to the filing of DMV "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100).
Section 2: Vehicles towed by order of a municipality for Violation of municipal ordinances per Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-307.
The procedures that apply to the nonconsensual tow of a motor vehicle parked in violation of the State Traffic Authority, or any rule, regulation, order or ordinance of any city, town or borough relative to or in connection with parking or a highway or through fare pursuant to Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-307, shall be the same as those stated in section I of these procedures for tows performed in accordance with Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-150.
Amendment to Sections 1 and 2 where an Owner is Requesting a Hearing for a Vehicle Towed pursuant to Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-150 or Sec. 14-307 :
Any owner of a vehicle may request a hearing before a municipal hearing officer by filing DMV "Request for Hearing Contested Tow" (form A-25), (available at any Department of Motor Vehicle Office or any Police Department) and submitting it to the municipality.
A. The owner of the vehicle must notify the tower in possession of the vehicle that he or she has applied for a hearing. No sale or action may be taken against the vehicle until a hearing decision is rendered.
B. The hearing officer shall promptly schedule the hearing upon receipt of the
C. Hold hearing:
ii. If the owner has already paid all charges and claimed the vehicle, the department which took the vehicle into custody shall reimburse the vehicle owner of all charges based on the hearing officer's decision. Should the vehicle remain unclaimed, storage charges continue to accrue while the hearing and the decision are pending.
iii. If the hearing officer decides that the vehicle was improperly towed, the owner of the vehicle may immediately take possession of it. The lien is dissolved upon the decision of the hearing officer.
D. No action (sale, "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100) filing, etc.) may be taken against a vehicle by the tower while a hearing or hearing decision is pending.
Section 3: Vehicles towed or removed from private property upon request of the owners or lessee of the property per Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-145.
The following procedures apply to the non-consensual tow of a motor vehicle left without authorization on private property pursuant to Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-145.
The non-consensual tow of a motor vehicle left without authorization on private property.
Excluded vehicles are law enforcement, firefighting, rescue, ambulance or emergency vehicles.
Tower must notify the local police department of possession within 2 hours of the tow:
If by telephone, tower must maintain a record of the call including the name of person (officer) contacted.
Vehicle must be identified to the police department - this includes make, model, year, color, registration number (to the extent available), vehicle identification number (VIN), and name and address of registrant.
No storage may be charged prior to giving notice of possession to police department.
If vehicle is not claimed within 48 hours, the tower must complete the DMV form "Motor Vehicle Notice of Tow" (form H-114) and shall mail, by certified mail, copies of the completed form to the owner and to all lien holders of record.
The following procedures apply to unclaimed vehicles that the vehicle owner has placed in the custody of the licensee.
If the licensee has received no application to dissolve the lien (payment) on a motor vehicle within 30 days after the date of the completion of work upon such vehicle:
Within 30 days of the completion of the work, the licensee shall notify the commissioner, using Department of Motor Vehicles form "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100), that the vehicle is in his or her possession. A fee of $5 shall be enclosed, along with the repair slip/work order that establishes the lien. An "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) will be issued to the tower by the DMV.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will send the licensee the name and address of any lien holder recorded on the certificate of title.
If payment is not made within 90 days, the vehicle may be sold at auction subject to the following:
Notification by certified mail to the owner, lessee, and lien holder at least 10 days prior to sale giving the date, time and place of the auction.
Advertisement three times in a local newspaper where licensee's place of business is located, commencing at least 10 days prior to sale.
Vehicle may be sold.
Tower must complete the "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the new owner/purchaser.
Tower must maintain copies of all documentation regarding the vehicle sale for two years.
Any sale in violation of the notice requirements of the general statutes or of the Regulations of State Agencies shall be void.
Section 5: Disposal of unclaimed vehicles subject to Connecticut State Law Title 14 Sec. 14-150, 14-145 or 14-307.
1. Disposal of vehicle with market value of $1,500 or less:
Notify owner and lien holder (if any) of possession of vehicle prior to filing of the "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100).
If vehicle has been in possession of the tower for at least 15 days--
Tower must file "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100) with the DMV and enclose a check for $5.
The DMV will send tower the "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) when "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100) is received.
Notification must be given to owner and lien holder by certified mail of pending sale at least five days prior to sale date.
Tower may sell the vehicle.
Tower must complete the "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles and provide it to the new owner (purchaser).
Tower must provide "Abandoned Motor Vehicle Sale Notification" (form H-110) to the new owner.
Tower must maintain copies of all documentation regarding vehicle in file for two years.
2. Disposal of vehicle with market value over $1,500:
A. Vehicle must be in possession of tower for more than 30 but less than 40 days.
B. Notice to DMV must be given on the "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100) during the 30 to 40 day window.
C. Tower must notify owner and lien holder of possession of vehicle prior to filing the Department of Motor Vehicle "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100).
D. Tower must file "Notice of Intent to Sell or Artificer's Lien" (form H-100) and enclose a check for $5.
E. An "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) will be sent to tower by the DMV.
F. Tower must hold the unclaimed vehicle a total of 45 days:
i. A registered or certified letter must be sent to the owner of
record and any lien holder at least five days prior to sale informing them of the auction date, place, and time.
ii. The sale must be advertised in a local paper having circulation in that town three times at least five days prior to sale. The notice must describe the vehicle and include the vehicle identification number.
G. Vehicle may be sold at auction.
H. Tower must execute the "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) and provide it to the new owner (purchaser).
I. Tower must attach "Abandoned Motor Vehicle Sale Notification" (form H-110) to the "Affidavit of Compliance" (form H-76) at the time of sale/ownership transfer.
J. Tower must maintain copies of all documentation regarding the vehicle in file for
3. A tower may not part out, repair, dismantle or sell any abandoned vehicle unless the proper
procedure set forth in law is followed. The following legal requirements also apply to private
A. The tower shall not rebate or pay money or any other consideration for
the privilege of towing or removing vehicles from private property.
B. The vehicle must be stored at the site of the tower's business in a
secured storage lot which shall be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday and be reasonably available on Saturday, Sunday and
holidays for the purpose of vehicle redemption.
C. To claim the vehicle, proof of ownership may be requested. If the
owner contests the tow, the owner may sign a declaratory statement
that the towed or removed vehicle was taken illegally and the owner
may then take the vehicle without paying any costs.
D. Conditional releases, which would release the tower from liability for
damages, are prohibited as a condition of release of the vehicle.
E. Itemized receipts are required.
4. The value of the vehicle is "market value". This is the average trade-in value appearing in the current month's edition of the N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide, Eastern Edition. Any disposition of the vehicle is based on "market value."
Should the tower determine that the "market value" is not an accurate estimate of the vehicle's value, the tower must:
Prepare a reasonable estimate of current value.
Provide a statement of the facts on which the estimate is based.
Take pictures of the vehicle to be retained for record-keeping purposes. All licensees are required to retain documents for a period of no less than two years.
Content Last Modified on 3/18/2011 1:06:09 PM