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Visitation Information

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Contact Information

Visitor Registration
Virginia Department of Corrections
P. O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963
Telephone: (804) 887-8341

Visitors play an important role in reducing recidivism by providing support during an offender’s incarceration. Family and friends of offenders can apply for visitation and learn more about visitation policies and procedures.

Reduced-cost transportation to visit adult correctional facilities every month is available through Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI), an independent organization that offers services for families of offenders. Visit their website to learn more about the AFOI transportation program and schedule.

Visitation Applications

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All new applicants and any visitor renewing their application must submit a visitation application online. Paper applications for visitation will not be accepted. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you may visit your local public library. To access the Virginia Public Library Directory, please visit the Library of Virginia’s Website.

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:

  • Fiancees/fiances
  • Girlfriends
  • Boyfriends
  • Neighbors
  • Cousins
  • Friends

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.

Family and friends who have a visual impairment or are 65 years of age or older may contact AFOI for assistance with completing an application. 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.

Dress Regulations

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:

  • Tube tops, tank tops, or halter tops
  • Clothes that expose a person’s midriff, side, or back
  • Mini-skirts, mini-dresses, shorts, skorts, or culottes (at or above the kneecap)
  • Form-fitting clothes such as leotards, spandex, and leggings
  • See-through clothing
  • Tops or dresses that have revealing necklines and/or excessive splits
  • Clothing that contains symbols or signs with inappropriate language or graphics, including gang symbols, racist comments, inflammatory communications, etc.
  • Clothing resembling offender clothing

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.


Reasonable accommodation shall be provided to allow visitation by persons who are disabled.

Visitors with mobility impairments should contact the facility before visiting to ensure accommodations are in place.

Due to the difficulty of thoroughly searching such devices, visitors requiring the use of walkers or wheelchairs to access the visiting area will be required to use a DOC-owned wheelchair for the visit. Search areas should be equipped with pull up bars meeting ADA standards to assist in transfer into and out of DOC-owned wheelchairs. DOC staff may assist in the transfer but should not lift the visitor.

Specialized wheelchairs may be allowed after a reasonable search. These include chairs that are medically required for a visitor without use of their extremities and/or those who are unable to stand at all.

Visitors should request and receive prior approval for service or guide animals needed in the visitation area, but such animals may be admitted with the approval of the Administrative Duty Officer based on the specific circumstances.

Operating Procedure 851.1: Visiting Privileges