In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services.
Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post office box. From there, it will be processed so that your loved one can access the funds from his home prison. If you try to send it directly to his prison it will be refused and will not be processed.
You must use a US Postal Money Order. It cannot be a check or cash. Fill it out with your loved one’s full registered inmate name and inmate registration number. If you use any other kind of money order, besides a US Postal Money Order, you will cause a 15-day delay in the process before your loved one can spend the funds.
Address it properly. Here is a sample:
Line 1: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Line 2: Inmate’s Name (The name they have him under, not the family nickname)
Line 3: Inmate’s eight-digit register (inmate) number
Line 4: Post Office Box Number
Line 5: City, State, Zip Code
It must have a return address. Place your name and return address in the top left-hand corner of the envelope so if the funds cannot be processed for any reason, they will be returned to you.
Don’t forget postage. The right amount of postage must be on the envelope, otherwise the clearing facility will send it back and your loved one will not get the commissary money.