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Columbia CI Visitation Center

State Prison

Last Updated: March 09,2024

General Visitation Information

FDC Visitation Information

Regular visiting is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time). Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. CST) on both days. Visitors will not be processed after 2:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. CST) unless authorized by the duty warden. Visitors will be allowed to park in designated spaces no earlier than 7:30 a.m. EST and 6:30 a.m. CST on visiting days.

Regular visiting is permitted on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday in January)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving; and
  • Christmas Day

If any of the holidays listed above falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed as a holiday. If any of these holidays fall on Sunday, then the following Monday will be observed as the holiday

Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation - The Department of Corrections encourages visitation between inmates and their loved ones. We recognize the importance of the continuation of family relationships during incarceration. Visitor applications will not be distributed at the reception centers. Inmates will be given up to fifteen copies once they reach their permanent location. Inmates are responsible for sending visitor applications to those families and friends they wish to be considered for placement on their visiting list. The completed visitor applications are to be sent to the Classification Department at the institution where the inmate is assigned.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your visitor application or questions about visitation, please contact the institution where the inmate is assigned and speak with their classification officer. Complete address and telephone information for all institutions and facilities is provided in the Statewide Facility Directory.

After mailing your visitor application, please allow at least two weeks before contacting the classification officer at the facility.

Visitation Rules(Security)

FDC - Rules by Security


Before you can visit an inmate, you must become an approved visitor. Please follow the below steps:

  1. Complete the Visitation Application
    • Complete the Visitation Application Form (DC6-111A) for approval (either English or Spanish page).
    • Application Requirements:
      • Application must be completed by all visitors 12 years of age or older
      • Application must be filled out completely or it will be denied
      • When items do not apply, write in NA (not applicable)
    • For a summary of visitor information and rules, click here: Visitor Information Summary (DC6-111B)

  2. Submit your Visitation Application via one of the following ways:
    • Mail to the Classification Department at the inmate's current location (see the Statewide Facility Directory for address information). If the inmate is in the reception process, you cannot apply for visitation. You can apply once the inmate gets to his/her permanent facility.
    • E-mail attachment to the inmate's current location. For list of all institutional email addresses for visitation applications, click here: List of Application Email Addresses

  3. Notification of Decision
    • Once the application is processed (approximately 30 days), a notice is given to the inmate regarding the decision. The inmate can notify you either by phone or correspondence.


Once you receive confirmation that you are an approved visitor, you may schedule a visit with the inmate. Please follow the below steps:


  1. Complete the Visitation Scheduling Form
    • You must complete the Visitation Scheduling form before visiting each week. It is only available and must be completed between Monday 5:00 AM EST and Wednesday 5:00 PM EST. No walk-up appointments will be accommodated without a Visitation Scheduling form submission.
    • To access the Visitation Scheduling form, click the "Schedule a Visit" button below and search for the inmate you are approved to visit on the Offender Search.
    • If the inmate is eligible for visits, you will see a button that says, "Schedule a Visit," underneath the inmate's Visitation Status. If the inmate is ineligible for visits or in a status that requires special coordination by the facility, there will be no button.

      Eligible Visitation Statuses:
      • BY APPOINTMENT - CONTACT CLASSIFICATION [this visitation status is for inmates in Close Management (CM), Administrative Management Unit (AMU), on Death Row or in a medical or mental health status that requires special coordination by the facility. You must contact Classification at the inmate's facility directly to coordinate your visit if the inmate is in one of these special statuses. You will not fill out the Visitation Scheduling form if the inmate is in one of these special statuses].

      Ineligible Visitation Statuses:
    • Do not call for a visitation appointment unless the inmate's Visitation Status is "By Appointment - Contact Classification". Institutions do not have sufficient staffing to handle heavy call volume.
    • Please Be Advised! Several non-authorized Websites are providing outdated Visitation Forms. Make certain to use official forms only available through the Florida Department of Corrections.
  2. Email Confirmation
    • Once you have successfully submitted a Visitation Scheduling form online, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your visit to the email you provided on the form.
    • Be advised, that this is not a guarantee of visitation, as circumstances for the inmate or facility are subject to change (i.e., the inmate is placed into confinement, the facility is placed on lockdown, etc.).
    • All visitors 16 years of age or older must present a valid form of picture identification for visitation registration. Acceptable forms of identification are identification cards that contain a photograph, current address, date of birth, and physical characteristics of the individual.