Park City, UT asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Utah

Q: Can Park City Tow Keep My Social Security Card and Birth Certificate after towing my friends Car?

My friends car was towed from town lift parking garage and park city tow refused to give me any of my possessions back including my prescription glasses, Birth Certificate and Social security card. This has prevented me from being able to get a Job and made me homeless.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Utah, a towing company generally does not have the right to withhold your personal belongings, including your Social Security card and birth certificate, after towing a vehicle. These items are your personal property and should be returned to you.

It's recommended to contact the towing company directly and request the return of your personal items. Be clear about what items were left in the car and make a formal request for their return. It's helpful to do this in writing, so you have a record of your request.

If the towing company refuses to return your belongings, you might consider reaching out to local law enforcement for assistance. They can sometimes intervene in such disputes and help facilitate the return of personal items.

Additionally, consider seeking legal advice or assistance. There are legal avenues to recover personal property wrongfully withheld by a business. A lawyer can guide you on the best course of action based on the specifics of your situation.

Remember, your essential documents like a Social Security card and birth certificate are important for your personal and professional life. It's important to act swiftly to try and recover them.

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