All vehicles that have at least $50.00 in overdue parking tickets, including late fees, are subject to being impounded. A ticket is late when it remains unpaid for 30 days after it is written.
To reclaim your vehicle if it is towed, you must pay the entire amount past due in cash or by credit card plus the applicable tow fee.
You should pay the entire balance due at the Parking Services Customer Center at 820 Washington Street, located in the Lincoln Street Garage. You must then report to the City of Columbia Police Department, 1 Justice Square, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 to obtain a release form for your vehicle. Police Headquarters is located directly across the street from the Parking Services Customer Center.
Please note, that if you are trying to retrieve a towed vehicle on Saturday or Sunday, you may pay your past due tickets at the Municipal Court at 811 Washington Street. The court does not accept payments during the week.
The Police Department will inform you of the specific towing company that has impounded your vehicle. You must report to the appropriate towing company with the paid receipt and the release form to collect your vehicle. You will be responsible for the applicable tow fee charged by that particular towing company at that time. Tow fees charged are usually $125.00, though the City of Columbia offers no guarantee on this amount.
If you have questions, call Parking Services at (803) 545-4015.