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California Identification
(CAL-ID) Card Program

The CAL-ID Card Program provides a valid California identification card to eligible inmates upon their release from prison in accordance with California Penal Code Section 3007.05. Possession of a CAL-ID card is a critical component for employment and other services.

This prison-based program is part of the
Office of Offender Services (In-Prison Programs).

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on CAL-ID.


All California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation institutions


In order to participate, offenders must:

  • Be within 120-210 days of release
  • Have no active felony hold, warrant, or detainer that may result in additional incarceration following release
  • Not have an active Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, which would result in deportation
  • Provide a valid Social Security number
  • Have been issued a California identification card or driver license from the Department of Motor Vehicles within the previous 10 years
  • Provide a physical address, including a zip code


All eligible offenders scheduled for release can apply for a CAL-ID Card.


Program length varies by institution and contractor.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.