Visit a Person in Custody
Beginning May 10, 2023:
- In-person visits are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- To have an in-person visit, visitors must arrive at Rikers Island Central Visits or VCBC during the registration hours. Please see registration hours below:
- Wednesday and Thursday: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Visitors who arrive outside of the registration hours will not be eligible for a visit.
- In-Person visits follow the existing visitor schedule according to the last name of the individual in custody. Please view this schedule here.
- Visiting groups may consist of no more than two (2) adults and one (1) child who will sit on one of the adult’s lap; or one (1) adult and two (2) children, at least one of whom is small enough to sit on someone’s lap.
- Prospective visitors who are not feeling well are encouraged to say home and return for a visit on a different day.
In-Person Visit Process
You MUST wear a face covering/mask that does not contain metal to any in-person visit. If you do not have one, you will be provided one. If you refuse to wear a mask, you will not be permitted to have a visit.
All visitors MUST follow all the same rules and regulations for family visits that pre-dated the pandemic. You can find information on the Department’s visitor dress code here, and additional information on actions that can result in a termination or restriction on your visit here. In addition to these rules, visitors MUST wear their mask at all times. Failure to follow these rules will result in the immediate termination of your visit and may result in suspension of future visits for the visitor and/or the individual in custody.
The Department operates several facilities across NYC. Please see the list of Facility Locations where names and address of all DOC facilities to inform your visit.
Things to Know
- 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.
- All visitors 18 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.
- A 16-year-old or 17-year-old with valid identification (such as a birth certificate) may accompany a child under the age of 16 if that 16- or 17-year-old is the parent of the 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.