When an inmate is remanded to the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a CDC number is assigned. This number will follow the inmate anywhere the inmate is housed within the state of California. When seeking to locate an inmate's CDC number in California, starting with the California Department of Corrections is always advised.
Searching for an inmate's CDC number online
Gather the inmate's pertinent information, including first and last name and date of birth.
Go to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website.
Click on the link marked "Visitation" and then on the "Inmate locator" link located at the top of the web page.
Read and agree to the website disclaimer by clicking the "Agree" button at the bottom of the page.
Fill in the name fields and click "Search". The results will appear on the next page if a match is found. Look in the top field for the "CDCR" number located next to the inmate's name. This is the CDC number which can then be used to locate the inmate in the future.
Locating the CDC number using the Inmate Locator Line
Call the Inmate Locator Line at (916) 445-6713. The line is only available for inmate locator calls on weekdays from Monday through Fridays.
Provide the inmate information to the operator.
Allow the operator to search for the correct inmate using the computer database. This may take time if the inmate has a common name and if you don't have any other identifying information.
Provide as much information about the inmate as possible if the operator is unable to locate the inmate with just a first and last name.
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