Sending a Commissary MoneyGram to a Federal Inmate

Sending commissary funds to a federal inmate through the post office can cause delays. Try these five steps to get it there with a MoneyGram.

In Person

  1. Be sure he is actually at the federal prison. The federal system can take weeks and even months to transfer an inmate around the country until he reaches his home prison.
  2. Gather information, including the full name that the inmate is incarcerated under. For example, friends and family may call him Bobby Smith but he might be registered under his legal name, Robert, Matthew Smith. Get his registration ID number (which is the same as a state offender’s inmate number).
  3. Time it right. Funds sent through MoneyGram will be posted to the inmate’s account within two-to-four hours if you send it between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a week, eastern time, including holidays.
  4. Go to a MoneyGram location and complete a blue-colored MoneyGram ExpressPayment form with the inmate’s name and registration number.  Use the receive code 7932 and how much you are sending. You are allowed to send up to $300.
  5. Pay cash to the clerk and have it sent.

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  1. Make sure he has arrived at his home prison.
  2. Go to and select “Quick Collect.”
  3. Set up your account and profile to access the site’s sending ability.
  4. Use Receive Code 7932 and the amount being sent (up to $300).
  5. You must pay with a credit that bears a MasterCard or Visa logo.
  6. Review your order and hit send/submit.

Final thoughts – You will pay a small fee to send it through MoneyGram but he will get the money in a few hours instead of a few days.




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