Marin County Jail

The Marin County Jail is operated by the Marin County Sheriff's Office Detention Services Bureau and is located on the Civic Center grounds in San Rafael, California. 

This Marin County Jail houses adult males and females who have been arrested by county or municipal law enforcement and are awaiting trial, inmates who have been sentenced to the county jail, and inmates being held for transport to the California Department of Corrections.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Marin County Jail, click here or use VINE (see below). You can also call the jail at 415-473-7316, and they can advise you if someone has been arrested, the charges, whether or not they will be released on bail, cited, or released on their own recognizance and they will also provide a bail amount. 

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime both information and notification. VINE monitors the custody status of offenders in the Marin County Jail and receives updated information every 15 minutes.

The Toll Free Number for California VINE is 1.877.411.5588. Anyone can call the California State VINE line to determine an inmate's custody status. To search for offender information, callers will need one of the following items:

  • Offender name or alias
  • Secondary search option (if there is more than one offender with the same name), such as:
    • Arrest date
    • Date of birth
    • Middle initial
    • Offender identification number

VINE will let callers know about the offender's current custody status, the location of the inmate, and their offender number. 

Posting Bail

Bail is the amount of money that the Courts require to be deposited with them to guarantee that the arrested individual will come to court on the date they are to appear. The Marin County Jail accepts bail 24 hours a day for inmates in their custody, or inmates in another jurisdiction held on a Marin County warrant. Please note that personal checks are not accepted.

  • Bail may be posted in the following ways:
    • Cash (US Currency)
    • Postal Money Order or bank money order made out to the Clerk of the Court issuing the warrant or having jurisdiction over the charged individual.
    • Surety Bond issued by a California based company.
  • Cash Advance Bail using GovPay. (credit cards accepted) 888-604-7888.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Marin County Jail has visiting hours on weekdays and weekends, and they offer both on-site and video visits. 

No matter which visiting method you choose, all visitors must schedule their visit 24 hours in advance. You can schedule a visit online at, by downloading the GTL Vismobile APP on an Android device, or on a Kiosk located in the jail lobby. Walk up visits are not accepted.

Inmates at the Marin County Jail are allowed one 30-minute onsite visit per day and one 25-minute video visit per day.

  • Weekday Visiting Hours:
    • 9:00am, 9:40am, 10:20am, 1:00pm, 1:40pm, 2:20pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 9:00pm
  • Weekend Visiting Hours:
    • 9:00am, 9:40am, 10:20am, 2:00pm, 2:40pm, 3:20pm, 5:45pm

Visiting Rules

All adult visitors at the Marin County Jail must have a valid photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID Include: US Driver’s License or ID, US Passport, US Military ID, Foreign Passport, US issued Consular or Matricular cards. A recent DMV receipt along with an old ID with photo is acceptable. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must possess a valid school, state ID, or passport.

All visitors must pass-through a metal detector. Failure to clear it can result in the denial of your visit. Visitors may be subject to search. 

Nothing is allowed in the visiting room. The only exception is one car key per visitor. Visitors are responsible for securing their property. Lockers are available for .25 cents, but they advise you to leave everything in your car that you do not need.

A maximum of three people are allowed per visit. Please note, minors cannot be left unattended in the lobby at any time. 

Dress Code

The following clothing is not allowed in the visiting room: gang affiliated clothing or colors, low hanging pants, revealing clothing such as short shorts or miniskirts, low cut or revealing tops, tube tops/halter tops/crop tops.

Physical Address

Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Marin County Jail
Inmate's Name
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Magazines and books must be purchased directly from the publisher or bookstore, and must be sent to the jail by them to the inmate's attention. Inmates are allowed a maximum of five soft-covered books or magazines.

To send emails to an inmate, you can set up an account at Access Corrections.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Marin County Jail cannot receive incoming phone calls. However, they have access to phones and can make outgoing collect calls from the inmate housing area. The calls made from the housing unit telephones are either collect or made with prepaid calling cards that are available through the commissary.

To avoid the collect calls, you can use Global-Tel Link to set up pre-paid phone calls with your inmate via Advance Pay or by calling 1-866-230-7761 or through the GTL Kiosk located in the lobby. 

California law has established the right of an arrested person to make at least three free local telephone calls upon being booked: one call to an attorney, one to a bail bond agent, and one to a relative or other personal contact. 

The Custody staff is not allowed to take telephone messages for inmates. If you need to contact an inmate regarding a family emergency or other emergency situation, you may contact the housing Sergeant at (415) 499-7316.

How to Send Money

Money can be placed on an inmate's account at the Marin County Jail in one of four ways:

  • Online via
  • Telephone - call 1-866-345-1884. *Inmate ID# required
  • Lobby - the ACCESS kiosk located in the Jail lobby accepts cash and credit/debit cards for a fee. Money will not be accepted at the lobby window.
  • Mail - Money orders can be sent to the jail made out to the Marin County Jail. Include the inmate’s name and ID #.

You can also  purchase a commissary package for an inmate at is a service you can use to order links for inmates to purchase: messaging-type of email service, music streaming, games, e-books, FM radio, and TV audio for use with a tablet. 

Programs For Inmates

Restorative Justice

The Marin County Restorative Justice Program is a victim-offender dialogue program administered by the Probation Department. The program offers everyone involved and affected by a crime the opportunity to speak and be heard. There is also a safe space to ask questions, share the experience, and receive information and support.

Adult Offender Work Program (AOWP)

The Adult Offender Work program places inmates in community service in lieu of incarceration in the Marin County Jail. Probation staff supervise and monitor these placements and provide periodic reports to the Courts.

Support and Treatment After Release (STAR)

Marin's Support and Treatment After Release (STAR) program provides services to mentally ill offenders. 

Proposition 36

The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (Proposition 36) was passed in California back in 2000. This vote permanently changed state law to allow persons convicted of certain crimes the opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration.

Family Violence Court

The Marin County Family Violence Court program is a court-ordered program for individuals convicted of a qualifying family violence offense. The goal of the Family Violence Court is for defendants to comply with their criminal sentence and improve the conduct of families that desire to stay together.

Adult Drug Court

The probation department in Marin County provides staffing for the Adult Drug Court. It provides intensive supervision and treatment services to defendants whose criminality is directly related to their substance abuse.

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Careers at Marin County Jail

If you are interested in a career with the Marin County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Marin County Jail, click here.