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California Identification
(CAL-ID) Card Program

The CAL-ID Program provides a valid California Identification card to eligible offenders upon their release from prison in accordance with California Penal Code Section 3007.05. The purpose of the CAL-ID Program is to streamline access to support services such as medical, housing, and right-to-work documents.

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


All California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation institutions


In order to participate, offenders must:

  • Have no less than 120 days to release
  • Have no active felony hold, warrant, or detainer that may result in additional incarceration following their release date
  • Have no active USCIS - ICE Hold, which would result in deportation
  • Have a Social Security Number
  • Have been issued an identification card or driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within the previous 10 years. The DMV will verify this upon receipt of application
  • Have an address, including a zip code (Parole/Probation Office may be used in lieu of address of residence)


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

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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.