Vehicle Immobilization Service

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Contact
Houston Police Department
Auto Dealers Detail

Physical Address:
1002 Washington Ave., Basement
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3408
Houston, TX 77253-3408

832.394.4800
832.394.4801
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$376.01
Renewal fee
$268.58
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
1 hour

About

A Vehicle Immobilization Service permit is for a business that engages in the act of booting vehicles that are in a parking lot without permission, without paying a parking fee, or in violation of any parking restriction posted in accordance with the signage requirements of Section 26-616 of the Code of Ordinances.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on premises.

An annual, non-scheduled, unannounced inspection can be conducted at anytime to ensure compliance.

Renewal invoices are sent 30 to 45 days prior to expiration date.

Conditions & Exceptions

If not renewed within 30 days after expiration, applicant will have to re-apply and pay initial fee cost.

What You Need
  • Business license application
  • Criminal background check - The background check is conducted at an IdentoGo site. 
  • Deed Restriction Compliance affidavit
  • If applicant is a corporation:
    • Copy of Articles of Incorporation 
    • Copy of Letter of Good Standing from the Texas Secretary of State 
  • Copy of Assumed Name Certificate, if applicable 
  • List of parking lots serviced
  • Method of payment: business check, cashier's check, and money order. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted in person only.

Apply in Person
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 within 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained. 
  2. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  3. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  4. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
  5. Pay the license fee at the Cashier's station located on the first floor, and bring the receipt back down to Auto Dealers station in the basement.
  6. The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new business including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check. Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the business application is published.
  7. Approval or denial is decided by the Board at the hearing.
    • If denied, applicant will be notified by letter.
    • If approved, license is processed and may be obtained in person at the hearing or mailed to address on file.
Apply by Mail
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 within 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained. 
  2. Mail the completed application, supporting documents and payment (checks payable to the City of Houston) to:
    Houston Police Department
    Auto Dealers Detail
    PO Box 3408
    Houston, TX 77253-3408
  3. The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new business including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check. Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the business application is published.
  4. Approval or denial is decided by the Board at the hearing.
    • If denied, applicant will be notified by letter.
    • If approved, license is processed and may be obtained in person at the hearing or mailed to address on file.
Conditions & Exceptions

Background check must be passed before permit or license can be issued.

What You Need
  • Invoice (mailed 30 to 45 days prior to expiration date)
  • Criminal background check - The background check is conducted at an IdentoGo site. 
  • List of parking lots serviced
  • Method of payment: business check, cashier's check, and money order. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted in person only.
Renew in Person
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 within 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. If the background check passes, bring the invoice, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center.
  3. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  4. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
  5. Pay the renewal fee at the Cashier's station located on the first floor.
  6. Bring the receipt to Auto Dealers station in the basement to receive the new license.

If the background check fails, contact Auto Dealers for next steps.

Renew by Mail
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 within 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. If the background check passes, mail the invoice, supporting documents, and payment (checks payable to the City of Houston) to:
    Houston Police Department
    Auto Dealers Detail
    PO Box 3408
    Houston, TX 77253-3408
  3. The new license will be mailed to the address on file.

If the background check fails, contact Auto Dealers for next steps.

Conditions & Exceptions

Background check must be passed before permit or license can be issued.

If license is not renewed within 30 days after expiration, applicant will have to re-apply as new and pay initial fee cost.