California Identification Card Program

The California Identification Card (CAL-ID) Program provides a valid CAL-ID to eligible inmates 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.


CAL-ID Program is available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

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


In order to be eligible, inmates 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).

CAL-ID Contact Information

(916) 327-3352