Identification Effective October 1, 2012, all adult visitors will be required to present photo identification when being processed to visit an offender in DOCCS. Your photograph may also be taken for a visitor identification system pilot project. Acceptable forms of photo identification must be valid, and current (not expired) and may include:
A driver's license with photo;
A Department of Motor Vehicles non-driver photo identification;
Government issued photo identification;
Armed Services I.D. with photo;
Employment identification with a photo.
For additional visitation information, click the prison website link on top of page.
Downstate is the first stop for all new inmates entering the New York State prison system. New inmates typically wait at Downstate for a few weeks before they are assigned to a permanent facility. The vast majority of inmates in New York State come from New York City. It first opened in 1979.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.