Navigating The Visitation Process In NC Prisons: What To Bring

What Can I Bring To A Visitation Session?

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) sets the guidelines for what items are allowed into the prison during visitation. For security reasons, the items allowed into prison during visitation are limited.


The Following Items Are Allowed:

  • You SHOULD bring your identification with you. In general, facilities will accept a valid state-issued photo ID, state-issued photo drivers license, military ID, or passport. Minors under the age of 16 will need to bring their birth certificate or passport. Minors over the age of 16 will need to bring a state-issued photo ID or state-issued photo drivers license.

  • Single Car Key

  • Eyeglasses (prescription only)

  • Small Bills or Change for the vending machine

  • If you have a small child or baby, you may be allowed to bring a single bottle and diaper.


The Following Items Are Not Allowed:

  • Weapons

  • Alcohol

  • Drugs: It is considered a felony to deliver drugs to an offender or bring any illegal drugs onto prison property.

  • Tobacco: It is considered a misdemeanor to deliver tobacco to an offender. You are also prohibited from having tobacco in your possession while you are in the facility. If you bring tobacco into the facility, your visiting privileges will be revoked.

  • Cell Phones: It is considered a felony to deliver a cell phone to an offender. You can have your visiting privileges permanently revoked and be subject to arrest and prosecution.

  • Personal Items such as handbags, briefcases, diaper bags, cameras, recording devices, and cellphones must remain in your car during visitation.