Visiting Process and Requirements

You must be pre-approved to visit

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Visitor Application
Visitor Application Instructions

  • Offender will be notified of visiting approval
  • Offender is responsible for notifying the visitor

Who can apply to visit an offender?

  • Immediate family: spouse or significant other, legal guardian, parents, in-laws, siblings, children, grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren
  • Extended family: uncles, aunts, cousins
  • Friends
  • Clergy

Reception & Orientation

Offenders on reception and orientation status may receive only one visit per month while awaiting assignment to a permanent institution or treatment center.

Be Prepared for Your Visit

Be familiar with visiting rules, regulations and procedures before you visit. You will be required to follow them.

  • Missouri State Statute 217.360 states that it is a criminal offense for any individual entering a correctional facility to bring in drugs, alcoholic beverages, any article an offender is not permitted to possess or firearm that may be used to endanger the safety and security of the facility, staff or other offenders. Doing so may be a felony and can carry a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.
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Required Identification

  • Adult visitors: valid photo ID, such as current driver’s license or Department of Revenue ID card
  • Visitors age 13-18: a current school photo ID card that includes their name or a valid federal or state government-issued ID card
Visitors under age 18, unless married to the offender, must be accompanied by an authorized adult visitor.

Search of Visitors

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  • When you enter prison grounds, you, your packages, your children and your vehicle are subject to search.
  • Metal detectors are used at all facilities.
  • Itemizer: Visitor is given a towelette to wipe their shirt front, pockets and palms of their hands; it is then placed in machine to detect traces of narcotics or explosives.

Allowed Items

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  • Coins in clear sandwich bag or transparent plastic pouch for use in vending machines.
  • Specific medical supplies: Medications or medical equipment needed to maintain life, such as nitroglycerin, insulin and insulin supplies, oxygen or asthma inhalers in the original container, only in the necessary dosage for the visiting period. 
    • Notice should be made in advance to the case manager to ensure staff are aware of your needs
    • Notify staff upon your arrival of the need for medication during visitation.
    •  If you have special medical equipment, such as a walker, wheelchair or surgically implanted metal hardware, please provide a physician’s statement. 
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  • Infant supplies: one clear carry-all, 6 diapers, 1 blanket, 3 clear plastic bottles of prepared infant beverage, 1 clear plastic no-spill toddler cup, 3 unopened vendor containers of baby food, 1 plastic pacifier, teether and/or rattle, 1 small plastic spoon and 1 unopened package of baby wipes.

Note: Small lockers are available at most institutions to store your purse, wallet or keys. 

Required Dress Code


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  • Tight, transparent or revealing clothing
  • Gang, racial, inappropriate or inflammatory language or symbols
  • Camouflage design
  • Skirts, dresses and shorts shorter than two inches above the top of the kneecap
  • Wrap-around or slit skirts or dresses
  • Holes or slits in pants
  • Shirts, blouses and tops that do not cover the chest, cleavage and stomach or that do not have sleeves that cover the shoulders.
  • Headwear except for verified religious purposes; subject to search


  • Appropriate undergarments and shoes. Undergarments with wire or metal supports are discouraged due to metal detectors.

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Physical Contact Limitations

  • One greeting and departing embrace and brief kiss allowed
  • Holding hands during visit is allowed
  • Children age 6 and under may sit on offender’s lap, unless offender is a sex offender
  • Children should be attended by adult visitor at all times

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Plan Your Trip

Find out when you can visit, and get directions to the facility.

Visiting is Privilege

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Visiting can be suspended, terminated or restricted for:

  • Failure to follow visiting rules
  • Refusal to submit to search
  • Use of alcohol or narcotics
  • Inappropriate language
  • Improper dress
  • Presenting risk to the safety and security of the facility, staff, offenders or visitors
  • Participation in illegal activities or violations of Missouri law

If visiting sanctions are imposed on a visitor, the institution will send a written notice outlining the infraction and sanctions imposed.  A visitor may appeal restrictions in writing to Department of Corrections Central Office at 2729 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City, MO  65109.