Jail Exchange, Every Jail, Every Prison, Every Facility in the Country
Skip Navigation LinksCounty Jails > Minnesota > Dakota > Dakota County Jail Inmate Visitation

Dakota County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule

1580 Highway 55
Dakota County
Main Phone: 651-438-4800
Beds: 350
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Dakota County Jail Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Hastings, Minnesota.

Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.

It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 651-438-4800 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.

Dakota County Jail Visiting Hours, Schedule and Instructions

Step 1

Arrive 10 minutes before visitation. More than one person can visit an inmate at a time, but you need to all check in at the same time for the visit.

Step 2

Show a valid, photo-id that shows your name, your photo, your address and your signature.

Who Can Visit an Inmate in Dakota County Jail

If you are over 18 with a valid, photo ID you may visit an inmate at this jail.

If you are under 18, you can only visit your incarcerated parent and must be accompanied by an adult and bring a birth certificate showing that the incarcerated person is your parent.

The Dakota County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.

Dakota County Jail Visitation Application Process

Dakota County Jail does not require that you fill out an application to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours in Dakota County Jail


1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Dakota County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 651-438-4800 to ask for special consideration.

Visits are 20 minutes long. Inmates may have up to three visits per day.

Dakota County Jail Visitation Dress Code

The Dakota County Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.

The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time. 

Do not wear sleeveless tops.

Don't wear see-through material.

Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.

Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.

Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.

Do not wear pajamas.

The following types of clothing are also prohibited:

Clothing promoting gang affiliation.

Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.

Clothing depicting anything obscene.

Call 651-438-4800 to ask specific questions about the Dakota County Jail Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.

Dakota County Jail Visitation Tips, Rules and Guidelines

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.

Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle.

Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.

Failure to obey posted visitation rules will get the visit terminated.

Bringing alcohol, drugs or weapons to the visit will get you arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Call 651-438-4800 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Dakota County Jail visitation.

'At Home' Video Visitation

This jail offers video visitation.

Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.

Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.

Click here to register for video visitation and schedule a visit.

© 2014 Johnny Ex, Inc. All rights reserved.