Sending Money to An Inmate

How to Send Money to a Federal Inmate via Western Union or MoneyGram

EFFECTIVE MARCH 22, 2004

Being locked away from society doesn’t remove the need for having a few dollars for yourself. If you have a loved one behind bars and need help sending them money, here are ways to send money through Western Union and MoneyGram.

INMATE ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER – QUICK COLLECT

 An inmate’s families and friends may now send them funds through Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. All funds sent via Western Union’s Quick Collect program will be posted the inmates account within two to four hours, if those funds are sent between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm EST. Money can be sent seven days a week and even on holidays. However, funds that are received after 9:00 pm EST will post the following day by 9:00 am. The program has three options in which money can be sent. The three ways are below.

  1. Using An Agent (Multiple Locations Available)
    The inmate’s family or friends must complete a Blue Quick Collect Send Form. To find the nearest agent they may call 1-800-325-6000 or go to www.westernunion.com. 
  2. By Phone
    By using a credit or debit card, an inmate’s family or friends may simply call 1-800-634-3422 and press option 2.
  3. Online
    Go to www.westernunion.com and select bill payment. Scroll down to Payment Service Quick Connect and click login. You will need an account and the payee information (name). Use your credit or debit card to complete the transaction.

For each Western Union Quick Collect transaction, the following information must be provided:

1) Inmate Register Number

2) Inmate Name

3) City code: FBOP

4) State code: DC

Please note that the inmate name and register number must be entered correctly, if the sender does not provide the correct information, the transaction cannot be completed. The City Code will always be: FBOP and the State Code will always be: DC. Each transaction is accepted or rejected at the point of sale. The sender has the sole responsibility of sending the funds to the correct inmate. If an incorrect register number and/or name are used and accepted and posted to that inmate, funds may not be returned.

*Western Union will charge the public a $9.95 fee for U.S. cash transfers up to $5,000 processed at Western Union agent locations. Transfers via the telephone or internet have higher fees. Non-U.S. money transfers also have higher fees.

Any questions or concerns regarding Western Union transfers should be directed to Western Union.

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Example of a Western Union Quick Collect form found in Western Union locations

How to send money to a Federal Inmate via MoneyGram

Another way you can send your loved ones money is through the MoneyGram Express Payment Program.

All funds sent via MoneyGram Express will be posted to an inmate’s account within two to four hours. Funds must be sent between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (EST). You can send money seven days per week, including holidays. If funds are received after 9:00 pm EST, it will be posted by 9:00 am (EST) the following morning. Funds sent to an inmate through MoneyGram Express must be sent through an agent since it only sends out cash. Once with an agent, family or friends must complete a MoneyGram Express Payment Service Form. To find the nearest agent you can call 1-800-926-9400 or go to www.moneygram.com.

For each MoneyGram transaction, the following information must be provided:

Inmate Register Number
Inmate Name
Receive Code: 7932 (The Receive Code will always be: 7932)

Please note that the inmate name and register number must be entered correctly. If the sender does not provide the correct information, the transaction cannot be completed. Each transaction is accepted or rejected at the point of sale. The sender has the sole responsibility of sending the funds to the correct inmate. If an incorrect register number and/or name are used, accepted and posted to the wrong inmate, funds may not be returned.

Money Gram will charge the public up to $9.95 fee for U.S. cash transfers up to $5,000 processed at Money Gram agent locations. Any questions or concerns regarding MoneyGram transfers should be directed to MoneyGram by the sender (general public).

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