You must pay bail in full to be released from custody. The judge may also allow you to post bail in the form of a bond. You can find out bail or bond amounts for specific inmates and learn how to pay bail.

Pay In Person

You can pay bail in person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at one of the following Department of Correction facilities:

  • Brooklyn Detention Complex (BKDC)
  • Manhattan Detention Complex (The Tombs)
  • Queens Detention Complex
  • Vernon C. Bain Center (The Jail Barge or The Boat)
  • Rikers Island

Note: For individuals housed at Horizon Juvenile Center, bail may be paid at Horizon or at any of the above locations. Horizon cannot accept payments for individuals housed at other facilities.

To post bail, you must have personal identification and the inmate's New York State Identification (NYSID) or Book and Case number.

You can pay using:

  • United States cash
  • Cashier's check or Teller's check
  • Money order from Federal Express, U.S. Postal Service, Travelers Express Company, Western Union, or a private bank
  • Credit or debit card

Personal checks are not accepted. Cashier's checks, teller's checks, and money orders should be made payable to the facility where you are making the payment, regardless of the location of the inmate. The amount of each money order may not exceed $1,000. If the total bail amount is more than $1,000, you can pay with multiple money orders or a combination of money orders, checks, and cash. The total amount you pay must exactly match the bail amount. No change will be provided.

Pay Online

You can pay bail online if:

  • A judge has set credit card bail as a form of bail payment for that individual
  • The individual doesn't have any surety conditions, such as a surety interview
  • The Department of Correction (DOC) has logged the individual’s bail conditions into their Inmate Lookup Service  

Online bail payment is not available on subsequent court dates following arraignment. If you want to pay bail on any court date other than arraignment, you should pay directly at the courthouse’s cashier window.

To pay bail online, you first need to look up the individual using their first and last name, or NYSID, or Book and Case Number, using the DOC Inmate Lookup Service. There may be a short waiting period after arraignment before the individual's information is logged into the system.  

If bail is eligible to be paid online, clicking on the "Pay Bail" button on the "Inmate Details" page will take you to a new page where you can begin the transaction. If the "Pay Bail" button is grayed out, then the individual isn't eligible for online bail payment at this time OR has not yet been entered into the DOC Inmate Lookup Service.

The online payment system accepts credit and debit cards, and can be used to pay bails of any amount. You will be charged a non-refundable 2% fee per transaction.

If you have questions about whether an individual is eligible for bail, contact the individual's attorney.