Jail visiting information

Any individuals in isolation or quarantine cannot have in-person visits until medical clears them. Holiday schedules are full-day schedules rotating the populations of the jails. Please see the dates below. Online scheduling is available for in-person visits starting at 9 a.m. to midnight the day before for the following day. Visitors are required to be on site 30 minutes before the scheduled visit. Please review ALL guidelines for scheduling visits. See below for COVID-19 health and safety rules for jail visits. In-person visiting is subject to change at any time based on the safety and security of the jails and City Health COVID-19 guidelines.

Updated In-Person visiting days for the remainder of 2023:

County Jail #2:
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 8:50 PM
A, C, D, E, and F Pods
Wednesdays, 3:25 PM - 655 PM
B, D, E, and F Pods (Workers)
Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 8:50 PM
B, C, E, and Civil Commitments
Saturdays and Holidays, 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
A, B, C, D, E, F, and Civil Commitments

County Jail #3:
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 8:15 PM
All Pods
Sundays and Holidays, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
All Pods

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Schedule a jail visit

How to schedule a jail visit

Check to see if the person you want to visit is in jail.

Locate the person you want to visit using our “Find a Person in Jail” search tool. If the person is not listed, they are not in our jail.

Book your appointment online the day before you plan to visit

You will need the person in jail’s name or SF number to schedule your visit. You can locate their SF number, or “SFNO,” on the “Find a Person in Jail” search tool. 

You also will need to register for a visitor’s account with our online scheduler if you haven’t done so. You will need a valid, government-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license or passport. Once you register, you’ll receive an email with a temporary password and your visitor ID. Use the temporary password and your email address to log in to the online scheduler and reserve your visit. 

When you reserve your visit online, you will need to provide:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Home address as printed on your ID; and
  • Phone number

You can bring up to two people with you. You also will need to provide the same information for them when you book your visit online.

Schedule your visit

Arrive at the jail 30 minutes before your visit

You will need to show a current, government-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license or passport. If you do not provide the requested ID, the Sheriff’s Office may refuse your visit. You can bring keys, ID, and money, which you must secure in the jail’s visiting locker. Please allow plenty of time for parking, There are only paid public parking lots for County Jail #2.

County Jail #2 parking & transportation

County Jail #3 parking & transportation

Intake & Release Center  parking & transportation to pick up release from custody

COVID-19 jail visiting rules

All visitors including minors must be symptom free and not diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days.  Visitors who have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for, or tested positive for, COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit.     

 Visitors must be free of the following symptoms: 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

 If you have any of these symptoms, you will not be allowed to visit.  If you have symptoms, please contact your health care provider for further information and guidance.

The San Francisco County Jails are following COVID-19 guidelines for everyone who enters the jail. 

Visitors are required to provide proof of complete vaccination and booster if eligible.

If a visitor does not have proof of vaccination/booster then proof of a negative Covid-19 test dated within 48 hours of the visit must be presented. Negative test result must be from official testing location (Color CityTestSF, Walgreens, CVS, health care provider, etc). A picture of a home administered test will not be sufficient.

K/N95 Masks are required for entry to jail grounds; the visiting rooms and for the duration of the visit until you exit the grounds of the jail. If you do not have a K/N95 mask, one will be provided to you.

Visitors must arrive at the entrance of CJ#2 & #3 30 minutes before the scheduled visiting time to allow time for vaccination/test verification and check in. Anyone arriving late for a visit will be deemed a cancellation.

Social distancing guidelines will apply at all times at San Francisco County Jails. 

The TransMetro Shuttle will be in service for County Jail #3. Check SF Sheriff website for shuttle information. County Jail #3 | San Francisco Sheriff's Department (sfsheriff.com)

Please note the regular visiting rules apply to the in-person visits.  Violations of the jail rules and/or the COVID-19 protocols will result in termination of the visit.  Visit SFSheriff.com to review visitation rules.

COVID-19 health and safety rules for jail visits

Schedule a legal video visit

Jail video visits

Troubleshooting your in-person scheduling account

For more information please call:
(415) 553-1430

Visiting jail with your child

At this time in person parent child visits are limited and scheduled internally through each facility.

Incarcerated people can apply to have their minor child (under 18) have a contact visit with them in jail. To qualify, the person in jail must:

  • Submit an application 
  • Complete parenting classes
  • Follow the rules of conduct

The person in jail must NOT have a disqualifying order, conviction, or pending felony criminal charge involving a minor.

If the Sheriff’s Office approves your child for a jail visit, you must remain with the child during the visit. 

Visitors who are 16- or 17-years-old may apply to visit their parent, sibling, or legal guardian in jail by themselves. Click here for the unaccompanied minor application.

Rules for visiting county jails

The Sheriff’s Office may end your visit and cancel future visits if you, your group, or child:


You must show a valid, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport or you will not be allowed to visit


You may bring your keys, money, and ID and store them in the jail’s public visiting lockers


You must wear appropriate, non-revealing clothes with shoes. See what clothes are not allowed.


You and your belongings may be subject to search


Disobey visitor rules, posted jail rules, or deputy directions


Disrupt the jail


Show uncontrollable behavior


Take photographs


You cannot bring food, drinks or any personal items


You cannot bring cell phones or cameras


You cannot yell or swear


You cannot show gang signs, tattoos, or graffiti


You cannot give anything to a person in jail


You cannot receive anything from a person in jail without approval from the jail watch commander


You cannot visit a person in jail more than once a day


You cannot visit a person in jail if you have a restraining order or other court order against that person


The Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


We may detain and arrest you if you:

  • threaten the security of the jail
  • appear to be affected by alcohol or drugs
  • bring any alcohol, drugs, medications, or tobacco products
  • bring any weapons or explosives

The jail watch commander must approve your visit in advance if you have been convicted of a felony and incarcerated in state prison.

What clothes are not allowed?

Visitors must wear appropriate, non-revealing clothes and shoes. If you wear clothes that are not approved, we will ask you to change them. You will not get extra visiting time if you change your clothes during the time reserved for your visit. You CANNOT wear:


Hats, bandanas, wave caps, headscarves, or other head coverings except for religious headwear


Sexually provocative clothing that reveals genitalia, buttocks, or breasts


Clothes that show your underwear


See-through or excessively tight clothing


Spaghetti strap, strapless, halter, bare midriff, or sleeveless shirts or tops


Mini-skirts or shorts (all skirts and shorts must be as long as the ends of your fingertips when your hands are resting at your sides)


Gang-related clothing, colors, or accessories


Clothes that are printed with obscene or offensive words or drawings


Orange, red, all-blue, or all-green clothes that could be confused for an incarcerated person’s clothes

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office does not tolerate sexual abuse or sexual harassment. Please call (415) 734-3111 to report suspected sexual misconduct

Get Help

Schedule a Jail Visit
(415) 553-1430

One Family
One Family supports visits with children for people in San Francisco County jails. 
Visit the One Family website