Federal Inmate Locator & Search

WriteAPrisoner.com has compiled all of its data on locating federal prisoners in this section. You can search the Federal Bureau of Prisoners for federal inmates in all 50 states.  If you find a problem or missing link in the inmate locator section, please report it so we can update it and help our viewers locate the federal inmates they are trying to find. We will add information on locating federal inmates to this section as it becomes available online. We are unable to help one on one with locating prisoners. All information is made available here in our Federal Inmate Prisoner Locator section. 

Search for Federal Inmates Online:

Official Website: Federal Bureau of Prisons 
Direct Link to Inmate Lookup:  Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate locator
WriteAPrisoner.com Public Forum Information:  U.S Federal Bureau of Prisons

Tips for Locating Federal Inmates:

You may search the Federal Bureau of Prisons database using the inmate's register number, DCDC number, FBI number, INS number, or by using the inmate's first and last name. You can conduct your Search Here 

Or, call the national Inmate Locator number at 202-307-3126, 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekdays, EST. Time. Be patient. There may be a a lengthy hold time.

If you choose to e-mail them, please do not be vague. They will not respond if you do not provided adequate information. E-mail For Federal Prison Support.

You can also write the Federal Bureau of Prisons directly at:

Freedom of Information Act Office
Office of General Counsel
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20534

Be sure to include the name and any available information on the person you are inquiring about. Also, be sure to include your own contact information. 

For Federal inmates released before 1982, please write to: 

Office of Communications and Archives
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., N.W., Washington, DC 20534
Attn: Historic Inmate Locator Request. 

Please include as much identifying information as possible - name, including middle name/initial if known, aliases, date of birth, race, crime, approximate dates in prison, name of prison, etc. The more information you provide, the more quickly the request can be processed.

If you need to write or call a federal prison, see: Federal Prison Addresses and Contact Numbers for a complete list of phone numbers, fax numbers and postal addresses.