City of New York Department of Correction

How Do I... Post Bail?

HOW TO PAY BAIL:

Bail will be accepted in any of the following forms:
  • U.S. cash for the full amount;
  • Cashier's/Tellers's check, in any amount not exceeding the bail figure;
  • Bank money order, up to $1,000;
  • Federal Express money order, up to $1,000;
  • U.S. Postal money order, up to $1,000;
  • Travelers Express Company money order up to $1,000;
  • Western Union money order, up to $1,000;
  • GOV-PAY via debit/credit card

    Note: While any individual money order or check listed above as having a $1000 limit may not exceed that amount, there is no limit on the number of such money orders and/or such checks that may be accepted in payment of the bail, provided their total together or in combination with cash meets the bail requirement exactly. (The Department does NOT "give change" in bail transactions.)
WHERE TO PAY BAIL:

If paying bail at the Brooklyn Detention Complex, the Manhattan Detention Complex or the Vernon C. Bain Center, make checks or money orders payable to the facility, regardless of where the inmate is housed. If you are making bail at Rikers Island, checks or money orders must be made out to the Rikers Island Central Cashier (RICC is acceptable, there is no need to spell out), again, regardless of where the inmate is housed. Checks or money orders made out to the Department of Correction are not accepted. The person posting bail must present personal identification and must provide the New York State Identification (NYSID) number of the person to be bailed.

HOW NOT TO PAY BAIL:

Not acceptable for bail purposes:
  • Personal checks, whether certified or not;
  • Otherwise acceptable forms of check/money order but made out to amounts exceeding the $1,000 limit or for which a refund ("change") would be required;
  • Otherwise acceptable forms of check/money order but made out to the Department of Correction or to a jail other than the one at which they are presented;
  • Other than the authorized forms.