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Birmingham prison identification requirements

HMP Birmingham
Winson Green Road
B18 4AS

+44 (0)121 5988000

+44 (0)121 5988111

Identification Requirements


ONE of the following forms of identity is acceptable.

- Passport – including foreign and time expired passports where the photograph is still recognizable.
- Photo bearing driving licence
- Senior citizen Public Transport Pass issued by the local authority
- Employer’s or student ID card (only if this clearly shows the name of the visitor and the employer or educational establishment, and has a photograph or signature which can be compared with the visitor’s appearance or signature, and if the employer or educational establishment named on the card is known to exist
- EC Identity Card

If the visitor has a form of photo ID they also need ONE official letter as proof of address within 6 months old

If they donít have photo ID they need TWO items from the list below together with TWO official letters as proof of address within 6 months old

- Marriage or Birth Certificate
- Rail or bus pass with photo (This needs to be an annual bus pass)
- Benefits book
- Bank card AND cheque book OR bank card and recent bank statement – (counts as one, we not accept as two forms of ID)
- Employers or student ID card (if not acceptable as above)
- Young persons ‘Proof of Age’ card with photograph
- Trade Union or National Student Union Membership card with photograph
- Library card, if it has a signature that can be compared with the visitors signature
- Rent book/card
- Foreign ID card or residents card (other than EC cards which are acceptable in their own right
- Expired documents from the above lists that appear satisfactory in other ways
- Prison pass


All visitors under 18 years of age must have full original birth certificate with their parentís names on. The short version of the birth certificate will not be sufficient. The child or young person must be visiting their parent or be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

If the birth certificate is not available:
Visitors under 18 years of age visiting with their legal guardian must have Legal Documents to prove the guardianship (e.g. sworn affidavit or court papers)

For persons under the age of 18 to visit one of the following must apply:
1. They are the child of the prisoner they are visiting and this is shown on the birth certificate.
2. They are the brother or sister of the prisoner and are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
3. They are the child of one of the visitors (accompanying visitor must be over 18 years of age)

No visitor will be refused entry without reference to the visits manager on duty. The Director has the discretion to accept any form of identification that clearly identifies the visitor in a satisfactory way.

To protect and safeguard children visiting the establishment the following will apply:
Details of individuals involved in conveying prohibited articles into the establishment when a child is present in the visiting group will be passed to Social Services as appropriate.

No children or young people under 18 years of age are allowed to visit within the first seven days of the prisoner entering the establishment.

It is the responsibility of the visitor to provide the required proof of relationship before the child will be allowed to visit.