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LA COUNTY JAIL - North County Correctional Facility Inmate Search

Los Angeles County Jail Maximum Security

California Los Angeles 3800
29340 The Old Road
Castaic, CA 91384
Inmate Name, Booking Number
North County Correctional Facility
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164
District Attorney: 213-974-1484

Visitors to the Los Angeles County Jail must first register online or in person prior to scheduling a visit. Go here to register online


On the left column of PC's you will find the relevant North County Jail information about recent arrests, inmates in the jail, your visitations, mail, phone, commissary and more. 

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Visiting an Inmate in the LA County Jail - North County in California

Visitation can be a very exciting time. Visitation can also be a very scary time. If you never visited jail, then your first visitation could lead to quite a lot of anxiety. Even though the North County LA County Jail is part of one of the largest County jail systems in the world, the facility has truly sought to make the process as simple as possible considering the size of the facility.

As a maximum-security correctional facility it is critical that all rules and regulations are followed to the nth degree. There is little, if any, wiggle room for exceptions when it comes to visiting at North County.

We are here to try to help minimize your anxiety and fears and help you understand the visitation process at North County more easily.

One of the first and major criteria of importance is to know when visitation can actually occur. North County Correctional Facility (NCCF) visitation is allowed each Saturday and Sunday and on specific holidays including:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving day
  • Christmas Day

Hours, Timeline, and Number of Visitors

There are specific registration hours for visitors, time allowances per day, and per weekend. If a holiday visitation falls during the weekend, there is no additional time allowed for visitation. If, however, one of the visiting holidays falls during the week, an additional 30 minutes visitation time will be allowed during that week (on the holiday).

Hours and visitors guidelines:

  • visitors can register from 8 AM to 2 PM
  • two visits per visiting day are allowed
  • maximum of one total hour of visits per weekend
  • no visit may exceed 30 minutes

In case this is confusing, we will add a bit of clarification. An inmate may have no more than one total hour visitation per weekend. Visitors may choose to visit all in one day or split that our across both days of the weekend. Regardless of whether visitation is all in one day or across both Saturday and Sunday, the visitation sessions cannot be any longer than 30 minutes piece.

  • Minors are permitted to visit with an adult
  • Inmate wives classified as minors are classified as adults for visitation privileges
  • Minor children of inmates are allowed to visit their inmate father without an adult present
  • Up to three visitors are allowed at each visit

Attorney & Legal Visits

There is a specific list of individuals who are classified as Attorney/Legal visitors:

  • Private attorneys
  • Public defenders
  • U.S. Attorneys
  • Law Enforcement officers
  • District Attorney investigators
  • Public Defender investigators
  • State Parole investigators - for Parole Board Hearings
  • Psychiatrists / physicians – who have Court Ordered face-to-face visit  
  • Psychiatrists / physicians - on Court Approved Psychiatric Panel
  • Interpreters - County Interpreter with County ID
  • Interpreters who have copy of a Court Order from the presiding judge for the inmate’s case where they’ve been appointed.

Attorney and legal visits - special and specific times for visitation.

Monday – Thursday 

  • Probation / Police / Parole officers
    • 8 am – 8 pm
  • Attorneys and others
    • 10 am – 8 pm


  • Attorney and All Legal Visitors
    • 11 am – 7 pm
  • Clergy – work with MCJ Chaplain’s Office. They will inform facility.
    • Of the visit
    • Time of arrival of clergy
    • Who specific authorized visitors are
  • Physicians - prior special visit arrangement with Sheriff’s Department Medical Services Staff
    • Once on NCCF campus may be accompanied by Deputy Sheriff
    • Watch Commander or Watch Sergeant discretion

In all instances of attorney/legal, physician, and clergy visits visitors must fill out an Inmate Interview Request Form. The inmate must have an opportunity to accept or refuse unofficial visits and to sign the request form.

Visitors with Special Considerations

In special circumstances when there are visitors who require wheelchairs, crutches, or other special needs equipment, if there is no departmental transportation available, the watch commander can allow the disabled visitor to be driven to the visitation area by another visitor in a private vehicle. There are no other special considerations in regard to the regulations.

Visitation Registration

Visitors must complete a Request for a Visit Form at the Main Gate Visitor’s Registration. The request form must include all of the following:

  • Inmate’s name
  • Inmate’s booking number
  • Names of all visitors

Once filled out, the form will go to the Registration Desk Officer who will input the inmate’s booking number into the computer and generate visitor passes for both the visitor and the inmate. Visitors then load the bus and go to NCCF.

Visitor identification rules

All visitors must have an appropriate and valid photo ID from the following list.

  • California driver’s license or ID
  • School ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport or Visa
  • Alien registration card
  • Mexican Consulate office issued ID
  • other government ID

Visitation Rules

There are several standard visitation rules that must be adhered to by all visitors. Remember the rules are designed to protect.

  • Record checks may be performed when deemed necessary
  • Visitors may leave $40 cash can be searched at any time while on the facility property.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Clothing must be appropriate for the environment.
    • consider nothing sexually provocative
    • no revealing clothing
    • no gang-related clothing
    • no short shorts, skirts, or dresses
  • Visitors impaired by any substance such as alcohol or drugs will not be printed and may be arrested.
  • No more than $40 may be left with the inmate during visitation
  • Legal documents may be left with the inmate during visitation.

Visiting Area and Parking

When visitors enter of the visiting area they will present their past to the lobby officer. Visitors within the same party must remain together at all times.

Visitor’s vehicles will be parked in the lot at the registration area near the main gate. After being registered in receiving your pass your ride the bus to the visitation area.

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How to use the Inmate Search for LA County Jail - North County in California

As a component of the largest jail system in the world, North County – LA County Jail can be quite overwhelming when you first come into contact with it. This correctional facility is a maximum-security facility with 3800 beds. Due to the types of inmates housed at North County specific rules and regulations are absolutely necessary.

[Article_Ad_2]Finding someone amongst an enormous jail system can be quite a daunting experience at times. We are here to help you maneuver through the ins and outs of finding your inmate and then learning how to post bond for them once one has been arranged.

Starting on the front page of the North County inmate search is the easiest beginning around. Click here to get started.

In the top left corner, you should see INMATE SEARCH in bold red orange print. This is a category heading for the variety ways you can search within the Los Angeles County jail system to find an inmate. The various links can assist you with inmate search by list or search, search for county inmates – mobile, recently arrested inmates, arrest warrants and of course VINELINK the national victim’s assistance program for inmate searches.

They will be listed as follows:

  • Los Angeles County Jail Inmate List
  • Los Angeles County Jail Inmate Search
  • County Inmates – mobile
  • Recent Arrests – Los Angeles County
  • Arrest Warrants – Los Angeles County
  • VINELINK - Inmate Search

Once you click on the inmate list, inmate search, county inmates, or recent arrest you’ll be taken to a specific landing page. Here you will be asked to fill in certain inmate criteria. It’s important to note that information will not be available here for inmates that were booked and/or processed within the last two hours.

On the search criteria landing page you’ll be asked to enter certain information. Required fields are the first and last name of the person whom you are searching for. Additionally you can include a middle name and date of birth if you know it. This will shorten the list you have to search through if you are able to supply more detailed information.

Once you enter the information you can either click search or hit the enter key on your computer keyboard. This will then take you to a verification page. Here you will have to enter letter images on what’s called a captcha screen. This is designed to assure the computer system that you are a human and not a computer program searching for inmates in general.

Once you enter the captcha letters as they are presented to you, you can either click submit or hit your enter key on your keyboard. If there is a match for the inmate’s name you entered, the list will pull up and you can see if the person you’re looking for is indeed in the list. If the information you entered does not match an inmate in the database, you will receive a message telling you that no data matched your search criteria.

If you run into trouble on the webpage or with entering your captcha data there is a number listed at the top of the page where you can reach an operator for assistance. The number is (213) 473 – 6080.

How to post bond for someone housed in the North County – LA County Jail facility 

In order to post bond, bail must the first been set. You will need to know the correct amount of the bail so that you can go to the bank or post office and obtain a cashier’s check. The check should be made payable to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Once you have the cashier’s check and it is filled out appropriately, you should go to the cashier’s window at the Inmate Reception Center (IRC). The IRC is located at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the LA County Jail - North County in California

Staying in contact with a loved one during a time of incarceration can make a major difference in your lives. North County – LA County Jail strongly encourages contact as it helps to keep the inmate more at ease and at peace with their surroundings and their situation. There are, however, intense regulations that must be followed when it comes to contact between inmates in the North County – LA County Jail facility and their families and / or friends.

North County does not have telephone, email, or contact visits established as forms of contact for inmates. The best and only methods for contact are via the United States Postal Service via the mail system and through visitation at the North County facility.

Visitation is covered separately due to the complexities so this area will mainly be focused on contact with your inmate via the mail system, the rules and regulations, and how to be successful in your contact experiences.

The mailing address for North County – LA County Jail is:

Inmate Full Name, Booking Number
PO Box 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086 – 0164

This is the general mail address and therefore receives thousands of pieces of mail per day. It is very important that you include all of the necessary information in the addressing fields. Whether you are sending envelopes or parcels that must be addressed the same.

Rules and Regulations for Inmate Mail coming to North County – LA County Jail

Incoming and outgoing mail restrictions are very tight at North County. The enhanced level of rules and regulations is necessary in order to protect all inmates, staff, and visitors. These guidelines can be changed and adjusted at any time in order to ensure continued safety of all involved. Be sure to keep abreast of any changes to the guidelines so that you are assured the ability to remain in contact with your inmate via the United States Postal Service.

Any attempts to break the rules can lead to confiscation of contraband and / or return of the product to the sender. Any attempt to mail in contraband or illegal substances is punishable by law.

There are some items that are allowed to be mailed in but have restrictions imposed. Specifically, photographs, books and publications, and printouts from computers are allowed with specific regulations imposed upon them.

Photographs and pictures generated from a printed from a computer fall under the same type regulations. They are as follows: 

  • Only up to five at a time are allowed
  • cannot be smaller than 2” x 3”
  • cannot be larger than 4” x 6”
  • no pictures can contain gang-related, sexually provocative, or nudity

Published materials including: books, magazines, newspapers

  • mail direct from publisher or bookstore
  • nothing sexually explicit
  • no more than three books per week
  • no more than three magazines per week

There are many items on the do not mail list. Any attempts to mail these in or out would be considered attempts to break the rules.

  • no food or drink
  • no snacks, gum, or candy
  • no sticky substances such as glue, stamps, labels
  • no mailing items: stationary, envelopes
  • no pens or pencils
  • no clips, paperclips, staples, or any other sharp object
  • no type of jewelry: religious, bracelets, beads, earrings
  • no debit or credit cards or ID cards
  • no cash or blank money orders
  • many orders less than $200 are allowed
  • money orders from out-of-state must come from the Postal Service

This list is concise and gives a good overall picture of the rules and regulations of North County – LA County Jail, however, it may not be all-inclusive. The safest thing to do when mailing letters to an inmate is to be sure the envelope is plain white with no writing on the outside and be sure it only contains a written letter.

If you desire to send photographs or parcels, follow the above rules and inquire with the jail periodically to ensure the rules have not been changed.

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