Court Services - Immobilization
Immobilizing a vehicle means that a device called ‘The Club'
locks onto the steering wheel making the vehicle inoperable.
Because every person'
s driving record is unique, the reasons for
immobilizing a vehicle vary in accordance with the Ohio Revised
If you receive a traffic ticket and the police tow the
vehicle, the first step toward getting the car back is to talk
to the towing company to determine if the car is able to be
immobilized and released. If it is able to be released, please
come to the Toledo Municipal Clerk of Court'
s counter on the
first floor and request your court documents be sent to the
Immobilization Office. A Clerk of Court employee will take your
paperwork to the Immobilization Office. You should report to the
Immobilization Office in the Probation Department (hours 8:30
a.m. to Noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). The
procedure from this point will depend solely on the nature of
the charges and/or suspensions. If the judge finds that your
vehicle will in fact be immobilized for a period of time, there
is a mandatory $30.00 immobilization fee that must be paid in
cash if you want to retrieve the vehicle and have it immobilized
with a Club at a location of your choice. Clubs are put on
vehicles at the towing yard the next business day by the
respective police departments. Towing companies will not release
a vehicle without the club on the vehicle or proper document
stating the car may be released. The Immobilization Office phone
number is (419) 245-1590.