Towing or Impoundment

Vehicles that are in violation of any parking and/or traffic regulations may be towed to maintain order on the University lots and streets. Any vehicle in violation of Iowa State University rules may be towed without prior notice.

If your vehicle was impounded, you may recover it in the following ways:

A valid driver's license is required and must be presented upon release of any vehicle.

  • Contact ISU Parking Division at 515-294-3388
  • Visit Central Iowa Towing and Recovery 515-290-4188
    • Call to verify your vehicle is there, prior to arrival
    • 2019 E Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50010


Impoundment may depend on the type of vehicle, the lot involved, and other surrounding circumstances not mentioned above. This regulation is in effect for all areas of the campus, whether signed as a tow away zone or not.