Members of the Southern California Immigration Coalition met with Chief Charlie Beck on Monday to discuss the policy change.
Previously, officers would automatically impound the cars of unlicensed drivers at DUI checkpoints, even if they hadn't been drinking.
Critics said the policy unfairly punished undocumented immigrants who can't get licenses. The new policy allows another licensed driver to pick up the car before it's impounded.
Beck called the change "the right thing to do." There's no word if the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering a similar policy change.