American Towman Magazine - January 2021

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Towing and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act By Roy L. Kaufmann

Roy L. Kaufmann, an attorney, is the director of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Centralized Verification Service, which processes military verifications and affidavit requests.


s service providers, towing operators rely heavily on their image and reputation to stand out from the competition. Clients expect fast, efficient service with as few complications as possible. Nothing can tank a business faster than towing and selling a car belonging to an activeduty servicemember. Prosecution by the government can follow, or word could get out that the business is not following rules, taking shortcuts — or worse — ignoring the rights of military servicemembers.

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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law that protects the rights of servicemembers while on active military duty by suspending or modifying certain civil obligations. The goal is to allow servicemembers to focus on their valuable service to the country without the worry of some financial obligations, repossessions, and some court actions. Section 3958 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ( states that “a person holding a lien [which includes a storage or repair