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Tow truck with a car on its wench

DPW tow crane operators may tow a vehicle, once it is ticketed, for any parking violation.  Legally parked vehicles also may be towed in an emergency such as at the request of the Secret Service or Metropolitan Police Department to aid the President’s travel throughout the city. Typically, DPW tows vehicles that pose a danger to the public or impede the flow of traffic.

Avoid Being Towed

  • Listen to the local media (radio and television) to learn if a snow emergency has been or will be declared and avoid parking on snow emergency routes.
  • If you are unsure you will be able to move your vehicle from a rush hour street before rush hour begins, please avoid parking there.
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3040

GIS Address: 
2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3040