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The following violations could result in your vehicle being immobilized with a tire boot or towed:

  • Having five or more delinquent parking violations from any agency in the State
  • Having three or more delinquent University of California parking violations
  • Displaying an altered, stolen, counterfeit or unauthorized permit
  • Parking in tow away zones, such as disabled or reserved parking areas, without the proper permit
  • Parking in emergency or fire access lanes
  • Vehicles without a license plate or other evidence of registration displayed
  • Vehicles that have expired registrations in excess of six months
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Parking on any surface that is not specifically mark for legal parking of motor vehicles (i.e. lawns, sidewalks, unmarked curbs, bikeways, plazas and roadways

Procedures / Fees

Vehicles are removed (towed) or impounded (immobilized) by a bonded towing service or by UCI Transportation.

If your car is booted, contact UCI Transportation Services (949-824-3881) immediately. In order to get a boot removed, all citations, fines and boot fees must be paid by 4:00 pm on the date of impoundment. Once payment is accepted, the boot will be removed. Failure to make arrangements to have immobilizer (boot) removed will result in the vehicle being commercially towed, resulting in additional towing and/or storage fees.

If your car is towed, you must contact UCI Transportation Services in (949-824-3881) to resolve all citation, fines and fees. You must also provide proof of identity and proof of current vehicle registration. UCI Transportation Services will then arrange for the car to be released to you. You will be responsible for paying the towing fee and any storage fees.

Vehicle Release Procedures:

To have a vehicle released from impoundment / immobilization or to receive an authorization form to have a vehicle released from the tow yard, ALL penalties and associated fees must be paid to UCI Transportation. Both offices accept only cash or credit card. Penalties and fees may be paid in person to:

The main UCI Transportation office
(Located in the Public Services Building)
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Guest and Event Services office
(Located in the Student Center Parking Structure)
Monday - Friday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

Please be advised that when a vehicle is impounded or towed, the entire amount that is due must be paid to have the vehicle released. Payment plans, partial payments, or community service cannot be negotiated for the release of the vehicle.

Per State law, proof of current vehicle registration and a state issued driver license must be provided to UCI Transportation in order to have the vehicle released.

UCI Transportation and Distribution Services
200 Public Services Building
Irvine, CA 92697-4525
Phone: (949) 824-7275
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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