The Department of Corrections (DOC) recognizes the vital role families play in the reentry process, and will support inmates in maintaining ties with family, friends, and the community through personal visits and engagement with community stakeholders and partners. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure visiting facilities are comfortable, pleasant, and permits informal communication and limited, appropriate physical contact.
- All Visitors
- Family & Friends
Notice! Due to the high volume of applications we are currently receiving, as well as phone calls and emails requesting application status, processing time is taking longer than usual. Please allow a minimum of eight weeks before inquiring application status.
Visitor Application Process
All visitors must complete and submit a visitor application. A separate application must be completed for each proposed visitor (minor or adult). It is recommended that applicants have all required documentation ready and available prior to filling out the online application to ensure successful completion and submission. The Department only accepts Electronic Visit Applications for prison visits at this time.
Applications are generally processed within a month, though in some cases more time may be needed. Please allow a minimum of one month before inquiring with the Headquarters Visit Unit regarding application status. Submitting multiple applications for an individual visitor will cause a delay in processing.
See Family & Friend and Professionals for information that may be applicable to your visit. All visitation policies and forms can be found on the Resources webpage. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about visiting a prison facility.
DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals is applicable to all prison visits. Please note visitors whom are 18 years of age and older must present a valid, current photo identification at the time of the visit (e.g., driver's license or state ID card, passport, military or government identification, tribal identification, alien registration).
Additionally, each facility has its own visiting guidelines detailing important notices, visiting rules, family friendly events, and visit schedules, which can be accessed in the table below. See the Prison Alerts & Notices for information that may impact your travel plans.
Guidelines, Visiting Schedules & Family Event Calendars
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Family & Friends
In addition to what is applicable for all visitors, below are guidelines that apply for friends and family depending on the nature of the visit.
Approved Visitor's List
The visitor application approval process must be completed before an individual is placed on an inmate's Approved Visitor List.
- Individuals may only be on one inmate's Approved Visitor List, with one exception.
- When an inmate is transferred to another prison facility, his/her Approved Visitor List will remain and be available in the Statewide Visit System. Inmates are responsible for notifying their visitors of transfers.
- Individuals denied placement on an inmate's Approved Visitor List will be informed, in writing, of the reason for denial.
- Inmates may remove a visitor from their Approved Visitor List, or request to resume visits with the removed visitor. Visitors must submit a new application if they have been removed.
- An individual removed from an Approved Visitor List must wait 90 calendar days before applying to visit the same or another inmate. The waiting period may be waived if the visitor never visited with the individual whose list they were removed from or has not visited in the last 90 days.
See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding the Approved Visitor's List.
Minors are those individuals who are under 18 years of age. The following are required for all minors who will be visiting an inmate at a Department of Corrections (DOC) prison facility:
- Minors must be on the inmate's Approved Visitor List.
- Minors must be accompanied during the entire visit by their non-incarcerated parent/legal guardian, or a designated escort.
- A copy of DOC 20-441 Parental/Guardian Consent for Minor Visit And/Or Escort form must be completed (to include notarization) and attached to the minor's online visitor application (valid attachments include Adobe PDFs, image files, etc.). The DOC 20-441 is required even if the child's parent submits the minor visitor application.
The following may also apply depending on the nature of the minor's visit:
- If the minor is an infant or toddler, see the visitor's guidelines of the prison facility you will be visiting for information about what items are authorized.
See DOC Policy 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals and the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more information regarding minor visits.
Extended Family Visits (EFV)
Extended Family Visits (CY 2018)
|Visitors by Prison Population||1,221||1,137||84|
|Total Visits (EFV)||3,279|
1,221 approved EFV visitors made 3,279 visits to 675 inmates in 2018.
Per DOC Policy 590.100 Extended Family Visiting, the Extended Family Visit (EFV) Program is for visits in prison facilities between eligible inmates and his/her immediate family member(s) in a private housing unit. EFVs are intended to support building sustainable relationships important to inmate reentry, as well as provide incentive for those serving long-term sentences to engage in positive behavioral choices, therefore reducing violent infractions.
The requirements for EFV visitors that must be met include:
- The visitors must be immediate family members who can provide legal verification of the relationship.
Visitors will submit applicable paperwork and documents by sending them to:
- DOC 21-415 Extended Family Visiting Visitor Acknowledgment (English)
- DOC 21-415 Reconocimiento del Visitante para la Visita Familiar Extendida (Spanish)
- DOC 20-441 Parental/Guardian Consent for Minor Visit And/Or Escort
- Each individual visitor must also complete the Consent to Medical Treatment and Waiver of Liability form.
- All EFV participants require Superintendent/designee approval.
- If the inmate is incarcerated on a serious violent or sex offense, the EFV Review Committee must review and authorize EFV privileges.
Department of Corrections
Attn: EFV Application
Post Office Box 41118
Olympia, WA 98504-1118
In addition to the above forms, there are several criteria that must be met for family, minors and inmates to be eligible for an Extended Family Visit. Please note the EFV application process can be lengthy, and additional documentation may be requested.
Professional visitors are processed at the prison facility where the inmate is incarcerated. Professional visitors include:
- Social Services Agency Representatives
(except those identified as a visit supervisor for a minor visiting an incarcerated parent)
If media personnel would like to visit with a specific inmate, they must complete the same application process as all visitors. If media personnel would like to tour a prison facility, they should contact the Public Information Officer to coordinate a tour.