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Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.®

“The Voice of America’s Towing Industry”

For over 40 years we have taken that slogan very seriously as we have worked to improve our industry’s voice in legislation, education and communication. We want you to know this is “your” National Towing Association.


Founded in 1979 in Kansas City, Missouri TRAA is the umbrella trade group and national voice of the towing and recovery industry, which is estimated to include more than 35,000 towing businesses in the United States. TRAA’s membership includes professionals from the United States, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

TRAA is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit membership national towing association, governed by a representative board of directors whose officers are elected from the membership.

TRAA’s member companies comprise the industry’s leaders and the major suppliers to the towing and recovery industry. TRAA also offers membership to towers certified through the National Driver Certification Program®.

TRAA represents the interests of the towing and recovery industry on Capitol Hill, sponsoring annual events and meetings that are attended by members as well as state association officers and leaders. TRAA also produces an array of educational products supporting professionalism in towing and recovery and in business management.



To be the voice of America’s towing industry by offering representation, education, and leadership at the federal level.


  • To foster and promote the interests and welfare of towing and recovery operators in the United States of America and to encourage towing professionalism and quality customer service throughout the world.
  • To foster and encourage cooperation and unity among associations and companies in our industry through fair competition and good fellowship.
  • To represent the industry at the federal level and be ready to provide hands-on advice and expertise when called upon to serve the legitimate interests of the towing and recovery industry; and promote the enactment of uniform legislation that fosters professionalism, quality service, healthy competition, and fair compensation.

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