The Grass Valley Police Department offers introductory answers to
frequently asked questions regarding traffic issues, forms and
services of the Office. Click on a subject heading below to view
questions and answers relating to your selection. Links
throughout the answers will guide you to further information on
our website or from other sources. Should you have any further
questions, please consult our Contact page.
My car was towed, how do I get it back?
If your vehicle is towed and given a hold for a 30 day impound,
you can request an appointment for an administrative hearing.
These are scheduled via phone (477-4600), and are
held during the hours of 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:00 pm
Monday through Friday (excepting holidays.) When you have your
meeting, please bring proof of ownership, valid car insurance,
and a valid California Drivers License.
How do I register as an offender with the Grass Valley Police
If you are a resident of the City of Grass Valley and have been
required to register as a drug or sex offender, you can do so at
the Police Department Tuesday&Thursday between the hours of
9am – 11am and 1pm – 3pm. If you are unable to attend during
these hours, please contact records to schedule an appointment.
Can I file a report over the internet or by phone?
Currently we do not take criminal reports on the internet. We do,
however, handle some types of reports over the phone. If you
believe you have been a victim of a crime that occurred in Grass
Valley, please call (530)265-7880 and request to speak with an
officer regarding your situation.
How do I contest a parking citation?
To contest a parking ticket you must bring the parking ticket
down to the police department within 15 days of issuance and
complete a contest form, which provides a written statement
describing why you believe the ticket was unjust. After the
ticket and the contest form have been processed, a
supervisor will review the documentation. You will receive
notification either by phone, if it is dismissed, or, in writing,
if the ticket is justified. If you wish to contest further
you can request an administrative hearing to discuss your
ticket in person.
Who do I contact about traffic problems in my area?
Currently the best way to request extra traffic enforcement in
your area is to call the Grass Valley Police Department and make
a request for extra traffic patrol. Please have the following
information ready when you call: name of the street or
intersection, approximate times of traffic problems, nature of
the problem. The traffic enforcement department will then
determine the best way to handle the complaints.
How can I get a “fix-it” ticket signed off?
To have a fix-it ticket signed off, bring your copy of the ticket
down to the police department at any time to have an officer sign
it. Typically, fix-it tickets must be signed off within 30 days.
If you do not meet the 30-day deadline, the ticket becomes
“non-fixable” and is forwarded to the courts. If you have a
ticket issued by another agency, a Grass Valley Officer can sign
off on it, however, usually you must return it to the issuing
agency within the 30-day time frame.
How do I report an abandoned vehicle?
To report an abandoned vehicle, call (530)265-7880. Please
provide the location, license plate, make, color of the vehicle,
and how long the vehicle has been there. Vehicles that are
reported as abandoned are forwarded to the Grass Valley Police
Volunteers who issue a 72-hour courtesy warning. After the 72
hours have passed and the vehicle has not been moved it is then
eligible to be towed. If the vehicle is on private property you
will be directed to a Traffic Enforcement Officer who will advise
you of the Abatement Process.
How do I file for a restraining order?
In order for the police to issue a restraining order you must be
a victim of a recent violent incident or abuse. If you believe
you have been a victim please call the Grass Valley Police
Department as soon as possible. The Emergency Protective Order
that can be issued by the police is only in effect for 7 days. If
you believe you need protection for more than 7 days, you must
contact the Nevada County Superior Court at 201 Church St. in
Nevada City. The Restraining Order Division is located on the
first floor in Suite 5. For further information, please see
the Nevada County Superior Court Website.
Where can I find a copy of our local Municipal Codes?
Municipal Codes are linked from the City of Grass Valley Website
and can be accessed by clicking here.
Does GVPD offer LiveScan Fingerprinting?
The Grass Valley Police Department does not currently offer
LiveScan fingerprinting. Locally, LiveScan is performed by the
Nevada County Sheriff’s Department. For further information or to
set up an appointment please call (530) 265-1471 Monday-Friday
between 8am and 5pm.
How do I get legal papers served?
In Nevada County, the Civil Division of the Nevada County
Sheriff’s Department serves all legal papers. For further
information please call (530) 265-1220 Monday-Friday between 8am