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Charles County Sheriff's Office

CCSO To Enforce New Tow Laws

DATE: November 28, 2018                
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Janelle Love
Media Relations Office
301-609-6538 or (240) 419-0646

Charles County to Begin Enforcing New Tow Laws on January 1, 2019

Tow Companies Requested to Submit Application for Tow Service Permit

Earlier this year, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office began the process of implementing legislation that was signed into law regarding tow services in Charles County. Beginning on January 1, 2019, the new code will be strictly enforced.

House Bill 1320, which passed in March 2017 and was initiated by Sergeant Jon Burroughs of the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, ensures oversight and regulation of towing operations within Charles County. In order to operate within Charles County, tow companies must now complete and submit the application for tow service operating in Charles County, MD.

To be considered for a permit, tow companies should visit the Charles County Sheriff’s Office website to download, print, and fill out the application and read through the county tow regulations. For a Level 1 Application, which covers only consensual tow services, the fee is $250. For a Level 2 Application, which covers consensual and non-consensual tow services, the fee is $500. All fees will need to be paid prior to submitting the application. Fees will be paid to the Charles County Treasurer’s Office, located at 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, MD 20646, and proof of payment will need to be submitted with the application. Completed applications and proof of payment should be mailed to:

Tow Program Coordinator
Traffic Operations Unit
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
6915 Crain Highway, Post Office Box 189
La Plata, MD 20646-0189

Completed applications and proof of payment can also be submitted in person to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Tow Program Coordinator at 10435 Audie Lane, La Plata, MD 20646. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays. For additional information, the Tow Program Coordinator can be contacted via e-mail at towing@ccso.us.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com. 

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us. 

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