• In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of those who live and work on Rikers Island and other city jail facilities, DOC is suspending in-person  visits beginning Wednesday, March 18.

• The City is continuing its policies of providing all persons in custody with domestic phone calls - free of charge, to help people in custody stay in contact with their families and communities.

• The Department is also working to implement a televisit initiative that will allow family and chosen family of people in custody the ability to remain in contact using their own personal PC or mobile device.

• This page will be periodically updated with additional information

Visit an Inmate

Facility Locations

1. Visitors will be subject to passive canine searches when arriving to the Rikers Island Visit Control Building or the Borough facilities, or any other facility including the Hospital Prison Wards.

2. All visitors 16 years of age and older must present valid current identification that contains a photograph and signature. Acceptable forms of identification for all visitors are listed below.

3. Children under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult over 18 are not required to present any identification at all.

4. A 16-year-old or 17-year old with valid identification may accompany a child under the age of 16 if he or she is the parent of that child and the inmate being visited is also the parent of the same child. In this case, the 16- or 17-year-old must produce a birth certificate for the child under the age of 16.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

From any state or territory in the U.S.:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Valid Employment ID card with photo AND most recent employment paycheck/stub
  • DMV Non-driver license identification card
Other Acceptable Forms of Identification
  • Resident alien or permanent resident card issued by the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Passport (from any country)
  • NYS benefits identification card (Medicaid/food stamp photo ID)
  • U.S. Armed Services identification
  • Consulate-issued or diplomatic identification
  • IDNYC card

If you have any questions while at a facility, please ask a Correction Officer or Supervisor