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Default Visitation Procedures, Applications and Links to Online Applications.

Visitation Applications

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:


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.
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.


Contact Information

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

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Video Visitation Program

The Virginia Department of Corrections offers the opportunity for family or friends of offenders to meet remotely through a Video Visitation Program.

Video Visitation makes it easier for some visitors to meet with their incarcerated family or friends.

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.

Security Levels 1, 2, or 3: no restrictions

Security Levels 4 and 5: offender must be 6 months infraction free

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Progressive housing: offender must 6 months infraction free
Segregation: offender must be 12 months infraction free

If the offender is eligible, the following steps must then be followed:

The offender has to initiate the visitation process established by the prison. The offender fills out an application packet and mails it to his family or friend.
The family or friend has to mail the application with the fee to the appropriate Visitor Center on the list below.
The Visitor Center sends the name of the visitor back to the facility to insure accurate information and to schedule the video visitation's date and time.
The prison confirms the information.
The Visitor Center contacts the family or friend and confirms date and time of the visit.

Visitation Centers and Participating VADOC Facilities

Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) Visitor Centers

Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc.
1 North 5th Street, Suite 416 Richmond VA 23219

Norfolk First Presbyterian Church
820 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507

Old Presbyterian Meeting House
323 South Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Saint Paul's Baptist Church, Elm Street Campus
29 Elm Street, Petersburg, VA 23803

Second Presbyterian Church
214 Mountain Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016

Visitation for these centers is typically Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 4PM; however, hours may vary between individual visitation centers and VADOC facilities.

Facilities Available for Video Visitation at an AFIO Visitor Center

Augusta Correctional Center
Bland Correctional Center
Buckingham Correctional Center
Coffeewood Correctional Center
Deerfield Correctional Center
Dillwyn Correctional Center
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Green Rock Correctional Center
Greensville Correctional Center
Keen Mountain Correctional Center
Pocahontas State Correctional Center
Powhatan Reception and Classification Center
Red Onion State Prison
River North Correctional Center
Sussex II State Prison
Virginia Correctional Center for Women
Wallens Ridge State Prison


$15 for a 30 minute visit
$30 for a 60 minute visit

This fee is to help cover the costs for the non-profit agencies only. It does not go to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

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