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All institutions allow visiting on Saturday, Sunday and State holidays. To reduce crowding in the visiting room, many institutions alternate days inmates may visit based on the alphabet or inmate I.D. number. Be sure to check with the institution or with the offender you plan to visit to determine which day he/she may visit.
Inmates are permitted a minimum of one hour per visiting day with visitors, although the length of visits may be determined by activity in the visiting area such as the number of visitors on a given day; available space; or institutional staff resources.
Most institutions use an on-site visitor registration process. All visitors, including minors, are required to complete the Visitor Application and Background Investigation Authorization Form before visiting (please see the forms page). Children under the age of 18 may visit inmates only with the permission of their parent or guardian, or pursuant to a valid court order. All such children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is on the inmate's approved visiting list. Emancipated minors, including spouses, will be approved for visitation in the same manner as adult visitors. Please contact a specific facility to obtain further information on their visiting program.
Visitation procedures at individual institutions may vary and can be changed at any time without prior notice. Please contact the correctional center or unit before planning a visit.
Virginia Department of Corrections
P. O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963
Telephone: (804) 887-8341
All new applicants and any visitor renewing their application must submit a visitation application online. Paper applications for visitation will not be accepted. Visitors will only be approved to visit multiple offenders if the offenders are immediate family members. Visitors are limited to visiting only one offender that is not an immediate family member. Members who are not immediate family include, but are not limited to:
All visitor applications (new or previously approved) expire 36 months (three years) after the date of approval. A new, updated visitor application must be submitted online at least 30 days before expiration to continue uninterrupted visitation. The Virginia Department of Corrections may conduct an annual record check on each visitor. Prior visitation approval does not guarantee approval continuation. Applicants should allow 30 days for online applications to be processed. Out-of-state applicants should allow up to 90 days for processing. To avoid delays in processing, all information requested on the application must be accurate and complete. A response will be sent to the email address provided by the applicant. Approved visitors must still bring valid picture identification that matches the information provided on the application.
Friends and family members who have a visual impairment or are 65 years of age or older may contact Assisting Families of Inmates for assistance with completing an application. AFOI is an independent organization that offers services for families of offenders. AFOI does not have access to application status information. For that information, please contact the VADOC Visitor Registration at (804) 887-8341.
All institutions allow visiting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays, but visitors should verify with the institution to find out which day(s) the offender can have visitors. To reduce crowding in the visiting room, many institutions alternate days that offenders can be visited based on the alphabet or offender ID number. Offenders are allowed a minimum of one hour per visiting day with visitors. It is possible that the length of a visit may be determined by activity in the visiting area, the number of visitors on a given day, available space, or institutional staff resources.
Visitation procedures at individual institutions may vary and can be changed at any time without prior notice. Please contact the facility before planning a visit to obtain further information on their visiting program.
All visitors, including children, must dress appropriately for visitation. Visitor clothing must cover from the neck to the kneecaps, and all visitors must wear appropriate underwear. Footwear must be worn at all times; no bare feet are allowed. Watches and all wearable technology devices (i.e. Google Glasses) are prohibited.
The following types of clothing are not allowed to be worn:
Any visitor whose dress is considered inappropriate will be referred to the Administrative Duty Officer, who will then make the final decision on admittance to the visiting room.
The Virginia Department of Corrections offers the opportunity for family or friends of offenders to meet remotely through a
Video Visitation makes it easier for some visitors to meet with their incarcerated family or friends without having to invest the time and money in travelling long distances.
How to Use Video Visitation
First, an offender must be eligible for video visitation by meeting the following corresponding standard based upon their assignment security level.
If the offender is eligible, the following steps must then be followed: