California Identification Card Program

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


Available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

Available within 13 months of release.


In order to be eligible for this program:

  • 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 (Institution/Parole/Probation office may be used in lieu of address of residence)

Contact Information

Email CAL-ID program