How to Send Funds to Federal Inmates

Friends and family often find the need to send money to federal inmates. On this page we will outline the different ways federal inmates can receive funds, as well as the specific documentation required and the correct address to send funds to.

Federal inmates are not allowed to directly receive funds. All funds sent through the mail must be addressed to a processing center in Des Moines, Iowa. This applies to all federal inmates, regardless of where they are incarcerated. All funds received on an inmates behalf are deposited into their commissary account.

Sending Funds with MoneyGram (Electronically)

Funds can be sent electronically using MoneyGram’s ExpressPayment Program.

  • Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
  • Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
  • Funds sent after after 9:00 p.m. EST are posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

To send funds using this method, note the following:

  • Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a BOP facility.
  • Gather the information needed to ensure the money is successfully sent to the correct inmate. The following information is required:
    • Account Number: Inmate’s eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate’s last name (example: 12345678DOE).
    • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
    • City & State: Washington, DC
    • Receive Code is always: 7932
    • Beneficiary: Inmate’s full committed name

Pay in person by locating the nearest agent by calling 1-800-926-9400 or visiting www.moneygram.com. The MoneyGram ExpressPayment Blue Form is required. MoneyGram allows for the payment of cash when making a transfer at a store location.

Pay Online by visiting www.moneygram.com/paybills?receiveCode=7932 and enter the receive code 7932 or Federal Bureau of Prisons and the amount that is being sent (up to $300). First time users will have to set up a profile and account. A MasterCard or Visa credit card is required.

Sending Funds Using Western Union

Funds can be sent electronically using Western Union’s Quick Collect Program.

  • Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
  • Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
  • Funds sent after after 9:00 p.m. EST are posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

To send funds using this method, read and follow these steps carefully:

  • Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Bureau facility.
  • Gather the information required to ensure the money is successfully sent to the correct inmate. The following information is required:
    • Account Number: Inmate’s eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate’s last name (example: 12345678DOE)
    • Attention Line: Inmate’s full committed name
    • Code City is always: FBOP, DC
  • Pay at a Western Union Location: Locate the nearest agent by calling 1-800-325-6000 or visiting: www.westernunion.com. A completed payment form is required. Payment can be made in cash.
  • Pay over the phone: Call 1-800-634-3422 and choose option 2. A credit/debit card will be required.
  • Pay online: Visit https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/inmatehome.html and select “Quick Collect.” A credit/debit card is required.

Sending Funds Using the United States Postal Service

In order to send an inmate funds through the mail, the United States Postal Service must be used.

Read and follow these steps carefully:

  • Wait until an inmate has physically arrived at a Federal Bureau of Prisons’ facility.
  • Obtain a money order and include both the inmate’s full committed name AND complete eight-digit register number (non-postal money orders and non-government checks will be placed on a 15-day hold.
  • DO NOT SEND Personal Checks
  • DO NOT SEND Cash
  • DO NOT SEND Additional Items. Additional items intended for delivery to the inmate will be disposed of).
  • Send the money order to the BOP central processing location. A delivery address, return address, and postage are required on the envelope. See details below.

Delivery Address:

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name

Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number

Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

Return Address:

A name and return address must appear on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope to ensure that the funds can be returned in the event that they cannot be posted to the inmate’s account.

Postage:

After ensuring that the inmate has physically arrived at their facility, send the money order – but don’t forget to add a stamp!

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