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California Identification
Card Program

The California Identification Card (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.

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CAL-ID is available at all CDCR institutions.


The CAL-ID program is available within 120-210 days of release.


All eligible offenders scheduled for release can apply for a CAL-ID card. In order to be eligible, 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; and
  • Have an address, including a zip code (Parole/Probation office may be used in lieu of address of residence).

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An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need.
See Rehabilitative and Educational Services

Specific Rehabilitative Offices:

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.

See Rehabilitative Program Videos for DRP program information and general insight of CDCR's offender rehabilitation.