How to find an inmate’s ID

by John


Posted on June 16, 2019 at 13:16 PM


  1. You should be certain to know what type of correctional facility to search:
    There are three types of facilities stated as:-Federal, State and City/County. For example, an inmate in county jail will not be found in a federal criminal inmate search. If your loved one has been incarcerated in a federal prison, you should only search federal databases found here: www.bop.gov. If your loved one has been incarcerated at a city/county facility, try searching particularly about facility’s database.
  2. Be aware of the state your loved one is located:
    An inmate in Toronto  will not be found in any other state’s database. It is to be noted that once on probation or bail, your loved one will not be found in the database as they are no longer considered an inmate.
  3. Discover a registration number for your search:
    This number is sometimes referred to as an Inmate ID, Inmate Registration Number, Inmate Identifier or something else.

A Department Identification Number is an internal number assigned to an inmate upon welcome into a correctional facility and used throughout an inmate's term of vow no matter which facility he or she may be housed in. You can obtain the number from the inmate or use the name search aptitude.

This number assists in categorizing your loved one within the system, and can help you trace their profile which may have additional information regarding their current location.

The eight-digit code follow the given format: XXXXX-OXX.

While the first five numbers in the register number are distinctive, the last 3 indicate the district where the offender was arrested and administered into the federal correctional system.

Below are the different codes for the various district locations.
  • 001 – Northern District of Alabama (N/AL)
  • 002 – Middle District of Alabama (M/AL)
  • 003 – Southern District of Alabama (S/AL)
  • 004 – Southern District of Florida (S/FL)
  • 005 – District of the Northern Mariana Islands (D/MP)
  • 006 – District of Alaska (D/AK)
  • 007 – District of Columbia (Superior Court)
  • 008 – District of Arizona (D/AZ)
  • 009 – Eastern District of Arkansas (E/AR)
  • 010 – Western District of Arkansas (W/AR)
  • 011 – Northern District of California (N/CA)
  • 012 – Central District of California (C/CA)
  • 013 – District of Colorado (D/CO)
  • 014 – District of Connecticut (D/CT)
  • 015 – District of Delaware (D/DE)
  • 016 – District of Columbia (DC/DC)
  • 017 – Northern District of Florida (N/FL)
  • 018 – Middle District of Florida (M/FL)
  • 019 – Northern District of Georgia (N/GA)
  • 020 – Middle District of Georgia (M/GA)
  • 021 – Southern District of Georgia (S/GA)
  • 022 – District of Hawaii (D/HI)
  • 023 – District of Idaho (D/ID)
  • 024 – Northern District of Illinois (N/IL)
  • 025 – Southern District of Illinois (S/IL)
  • 026 – Central District of Illinois (C/IL)
  • 027 – Northern District of Indiana (N/IN)
  • 028 – Southern District of Indiana (S/IN)
  • 029 – Northern District of Iowa (N/IA)
  • 030 – Southern District of Iowa (S/IA)
  • 031 – District of Kansas (D/KS)
  • 032 – Eastern District of Kentucky (E/KY)
  • 033 – Western District of Kentucky (W/KY)
  • 034 – Eastern District of Louisiana (E/LA)
  • 035 – Western District of Louisiana (W/LA)
  • 036 – District of Maine (D/ME)
  • 037 – District of Maryland (D/MD)
  • 038 – District of Massachusetts (D/MA)
  • 039 – Eastern District of Michigan (E/MI)
  • 040 – Western District of Michigan (W/MI)
  • 041 – District of Minnesota (D/MN)
  • 042 – Northern District of Mississippi (D/MS)
  • 043 – Southern District of Mississippi (D/MS)
  • 044 – Eastern District of Missouri (E/MO)
  • 045 – Western District of Missouri (W/MO)
  • 046 – District of Montana (D/MT)
  • 047 – District of Nebraska (D/NE)
  • 048 – District of Nevada (D/NV)
  • 049 – District of New Hampshire (/NH)
  • 050 – District of New Jersey (D/NJ)
  • 051 – District of New Mexico (D/NM)
  • 052 – Northern District of New York (N/NY)
  • 053 – Eastern District of New York (E/NY)
  • 054 – Southern District of New York (S/NY)
  • 055 – Western District of New York (W/NY)
  • 056 – Eastern District of North Carolina (E/NC)
  • 057 – Middle District of North Carolina (M/NC)
  • 058 – Western District of North Carolina (W/NC)
  • 059 – District of North Dakota (D/ND)
  • 060 – Northern District of Ohio (N/OH)
  • 061 – Southern District of Ohio (S/OH)
  • 062 – Northern District of Oklahoma (N/OK)
  • 063 – Eastern District of Oklahoma (E/OK)
  • 064 – Western District of Oklahoma (W/OK)
  • 065 – District of Oregon (D/OR)
  • 066 – Eastern District of Pennsylvania (E/PA)
  • 067 – Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA)
  • 068 – Western District of Pennsylvania (W/PA)
  • 069 – District of Puerto Rico (D/PR)
  • 070 – District of Rhode Island (D/RI)
  • 071 – District of South Carolina (D/SC)
  • 073 – District of South Dakota (D/SD)
  • 074 – Eastern District of Tennessee (E/TN)
  • 075 – Middle District of Tennessee (M/TN)
  • 076 – Western District of Tennessee (W/TN)
  • 077 – Northern District of Texas (N/TX)
  • 078 – Eastern District of Texas (E/TX)
  • 079 – Southern District of Texas (S/TX)
  • 080 – Western District of Texas (W/TX)
  • 081 – District of Utah (D/UT)
  • 082 – District of Vermont (D/VT)
  • 083 – Eastern District of Virginia (E/VA)
  • 084 – Western District of Virginia (W/VA)
  • 085 – Eastern District of Washington (E/WA)
  • 086 – Western District of Washington (W/WA)
  • 087 – Northern District of West Virginia (N/WV)
  • 088 – Southern District of West Virginia (S/WV)
  • 089 – Eastern District of Wisconsin (E/WI)
  • 090 – Western District of Wisconsin (W/WI)
  • 091 – District of Wyoming (D/WY)
  • 093 – District of Guam (D/GU)
  • 094 – District of the Virgin Islands (D/VI)
  • 095 – Middle District of Louisiana (M/LA)
  • 097 – Eastern District of California (E/CA)
  • 098- -Southern District of California (S/CA)

If you aren’t assured what an inmate’s register number is, you can always find it on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website on the” Find an Inmate” page. Click on the “Find by Name” tab to perform a search by name. You will also need the race, sex and age of the inmate.

Many correctional facilities propose search options on their website aid you find an identification number. You will need to enter any identifying information you have (name, age, etc) and if the inmate is located in the database, you will be delivered with that number. 

 Many of the correctional facilities offers search option on their website to help you find an identification number. You will need to enter any classifying information you have (name, age, etc) and if the inmate is located in the database, you will be delivered with that number.

Provisional on the state and institution where someone is being held, a prisoner ID number

can be of various lengths and formats. Some contain only numbers, while others may comprise letters or punctuation such as dashes. In few cases, if someone moves from one institution to another upon being condemned of a crime or while serving a sentence, the prisoner ID number used for that person may change.

If you're in contact with a person who is in jail or prison, you can ask that person for his prisoner ID number. You can ask the prisoner's lawyer or the law firm representing the prisoner for that information. If that's not a choice, you can often find the prisoner ID number through numerous online search tools.

Check the website of the jail or prison that allotted to the person you is trying to search for. Many have "find a prisoner" tools that can tell you if a person is incarcerated, when that person is likely to be released or next appear in court and other information, for example why that person is in prison or jail. In some circumstances, these websites are run by local agencies such as a county sheriff's office or city corrections department, and in other cases, they're run on a statewide level.

The following given link to inmate locator may be used to determine the inmate ID number:

//doc.vermont.gov/offender-locator/