Video visitATION

AFOI offers video visitation to many Virginia correctional facilities from 7 sites throughout the state, including Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond, and Roanoke. 


Who can have a video visit?

An offender has to be eligible according to the following standards, as set by VADOC

How much does it cost?

  • $15 – 30 minute visit
  • $30 – 60 minute visit

The fees collected go directly to support the cost of operating the program at AFOI and our partner sites across Virginia – the Virginia Department of Corrections receives none of the fees collected.

How do I register to participate?

  • Obtain visitor approvals for each visitor with the Virginia Department of Corrections.
  • Obtain a video visitation application by downloading one here or contacting AFOI.
  • Fill out your portion completely (with required signatures) and send the application to the inmate for his/her signature. There is a limit of five (5) approved visitors allowed in a visitation session.
  • Once the visitation application is complete, send it to AFOI by mail, e-mail as an attachment to, or by fax. 
  • AFOI requires a minimum of two weeks to process new paperwork.  Once the paperwork is approved by VADOC, applicants will be contacted to complete a brief intake over the phone and are issued a Visitor Identification number.
  • Video Visitation reservations are subject to availability between prisons and visitor centers. Reservation requests can be made over the phone.
  • A Video Visitation payment via our website or by mailing a money order is required in order to secure a reservation slot.
  • Requests and payments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the weekend you want to visit.
  • All video visits are monitored and recorded – audio and video.

How can an offender get registered to participate?

  • Inquire with the correctional center’s point of contact to see if the inmate meets institutional requirements for video visitation.
  • If the requirements are met, the point of contact will provide the inmate with a video visitation application form. The offender should fill out their portion completely (with required signatures) and send to his/her potential visitor(s). There is a limit of five (5) approved visitors allowed in a video visitation session.
  • The potential visitor(s) should contact Assisting Families of Inmates and then follow the steps outlined above.
  • Inmates will be contacted by the facility staff with their scheduled video visitation appointment(s).
  • All video visits are monitored and recorded – audio and video.