IDENTIFICATION OF VISITORS
All visitors to closed prisons, adults and children whether visiting for official or social purposes must be required to prove their identity at reception.
When arriving all domestic and legal visitors will have their I D checked. All visitors will have their hand stamped with UV ink and their photograph taken.
All adults and children over 10 years of age will have their finger prints taken.
First time booking in you will be required to bring with you I D as listed below. In addition to this TWO addressed letters which need to be no more than six months old.
1. Official or Professional Visitors
The forms of identification set out below are acceptable. If the visitor does not possess such identification then the forms of identification for social visitors are also acceptable. If in doubt, staff may telephone the visitor’s employer (e.g. solicitors office, barrister’s chambers, probation department) to check the visitor is bona fide. Get the telephone number from the phone book or direct enquiries, not from the visitor.
· Members of either House of Parliament: Houses of Parliament ID card.
· Legal Advisers: identity card issued by firm/ chambers, or introductory letter on headed letter paper of firm/chambers.
· Police, Immigration and Customs Officers: warrant card.
· Probation Officers: probation department ID card.
· Staff from other prisons, HQ or Home Office Staff: prison service security pass or home office pass.
· Consular Officials: consular ID card.
· Other public officials: departmental or local authority pass or ID card (but only if it shows the name of the visitor and the name of the department or local authority).
· Social workers: identification cards.
· Researchers: Security Photo pass or official letter (visits must be pre-arranged) and
· NHS: photographic identification badge/card. Independent sector healthcare photographic identification badge/card.
2. Social and Domestic Visitors
· Passport, including foreign passports, and time expired passports where the photograph is still recognisable.
· EC identity card.
· Driving licence.
· Benefits book.
· Senior citizen’s public transport pass issued by a local authority.
· Employer’s or student ID card but only if this clearly shows the name of the visitor and the employer or educational establishment, and has a photograph or signature which can be compared with the visitor’s appearance or signature, and if the employer or educational establishment named on the card is known to exist.
· Citizen Card.
3. If the visitor is unable to produce one of the above, staff may accept combinations of two or more of the following:
· Birth/marriage certificate.
· Rail or bus pass with photo.
· Cheque book or credit/debit card (counts as one, do not accept as two).
· Employer’s pass or ID or student ID card not acceptable under paragraph 2.
· Young person’s ‘proof of age’ card.
· Trade Union or National Students’ union membership card.
· Library card, if it has a signature that can be compared with the visitor’s signature.
· Rent book.
· Foreign identity or resident’s card (other than EC ID cards acceptable in their own right).
· Expired documents from the above lists that appear satisfactory in other ways.
ID Card from a recognised prison visitors’ organisation (eg New Bridge); the name on the card may differ from that on the VO, but provided the visitor has other identification to back up the ID card, and provided that staff have no reason to doubt their bona fides, then this will form acceptable identification.
4. Staff retain discretion to accept any other forms of identification, singly or in combination, that clearly identify the visitor in a satisfactory way.