Visiting With a Minor
Minors must be accompanied and under the direct control of their non–incarcerated parent⁄guardian during the entire visit. In specific circumstances, exceptions may be granted by the facility Superintendent.
Requirements for visitors under 18 years old
Before being placed on the inmate’s visiting list, the approval process must be complete. The minor must be on the approved visiting list with the Parent⁄Guardian Approval for Minor Visitor (PDF) consent form DOC 20–446 included with the Visitor’s Questionnaire (PDF) application form DOC 20–060 completed and notarized. An original copy of the child’s birth certificate must accompany the application. Family members are encouraged to include a self–address stamped envelope so the original copy of the birth certificate can be returned. Guardianship of all minors must be verified by providing a certified copy of the court order establishing legal guardianship.
Visitors age 16 and older must bring current photo identification (ID) to the visit: State ID card (recommended), driver’s license, military ID, Indian tribal ID, state or federal agency ID, or passport.
Note: For ease in processing, please submit applications for minors using the Hard Copy Visitor’s Application and submit it to the facility you plan to visit with:
- Original birth certificate(s) for each child
- Self–Addressed Stamped Envelope (so the birth certificate(s) can be returned)
- 20–446 Parent⁄Guardian Approval for visiting (for each minor)
- 20–441 Parent⁄Guardian Approval for Minor Visitor Escort
- This form is needed when minors will arrive to visit with someone other than a parent!
- The Visitor Application forms require notarization!
Infant and toddler supplies allowed
Items authorized for infants and toddlers are included in the Visit Guidelines for the facility where the inmate is housed.
Individual facilities may vary on what items are allowed for infants and toddlers. Please obtain specific information from the inmate prior to your visit.
There is no limit to the number of visitors an inmate may have on their visiting list. However, all visitors must be approved by the facility for visiting. Additional restrictions may apply at individual facilities. It is best to check with the inmate to find out how many are allowed at his or her location.
Dress code for visitors
Only clothing that is conservative, modest and meets the following standards is acceptable:
- All clothing must be clean and in good repair. All buttons or closures must be fastened to the degree necessary to maintain modesty.
- All visitors must wear socks, stockings or pantyhose.
- Undergarments must be worn. Male visitors must wear boxers, briefs or long underwear. Female visitors, as determined appropriate, must wear briefs and brassieres.
- Visitors should not wear clothing that is difficult to search; for example, excessive pockets or padding, layering of one outer garment over another, etc.
Individual facilities’ Visit Guidelines may have more specific clothing requirements.