A. Not more than forty-eight (48) hours after impoundment of any vehicle, the Chief of Police shall cause a notice to be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle, as may be disclosed by the vehicle license number, if such be obtainable, and to any other person who claims the right to possession of the vehicle, if such a claim is known to an officer, agent or employee of the Police Department who has knowledge of the impoundment. The notice shall be mailed to the registered owner at the address provided by the Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles or the corresponding agency of any other state or province. If a police officer who has knowledge of the impoundment has reason to believe that an owner, or one who claims to be an owner, is residing or in custody at some different address which is known to the officer, a copy of the notice shall also be mailed or personally delivered to such owner or claimant in a manner designed, as nearly as may be practicable, to give actual notice to him or her. The notice shall contain the full particulars of the impoundment, redemption, and opportunity for hearing to contest the propriety of the impoundment as hereinafter provided.
B. Similar notice shall be given to each person who seeks to redeem an impounded vehicle, except that if a vehicle is redeemed prior to the mailing of notice, then notice need not be mailed.