City of San Diego and military rules for towing vehicles

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 21:23:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Whether you're active duty military or a civilian, there are rules to follow to keep your car from being towed.

RELATED: San Diego sailor's car towed when he left town

California Vehicle Code and San Diego Municipal Code grant the City certain towing rights.

  • Vehicles must be moved one-tenth of a mile every 72 hours
  • If the 72-hour period passes, your car could be considered to have been abandoned
  • Vehicles with registration expired over six months may be towed
  • Vehicles with five or more unpaid citations may be towed
  • The owner is responsible for storage and removal costs

If your car is towed, you can search Auto Return to find it.

The cars of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel can be towed while they're on deployment, according to the Navy's Legal Assistance Department.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act offers some protection to servicemembers but it's better if they store their vehicles properly, officials said.

The Navy's Auto Hobby Offices can arrange for long-term parking of a vehicle at a discount for deployed servicemembers.

Naval Base San Diego 619-556-3320

Naval Air Station North Island 619-545-7235

MCAS Miramar Personal Storage 858-577-9940

Camp Pendleton Self Storage 760-385-1122