Visiting Inmates

March 13, 2020: Effective immediately, the Whatcom County Jail, downtown facility, will be restricting visiting. Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency and the need to limit larger gatherings, visiting will be limited to a single visitor under the regular visiting schedule. We encourage family and friends to use the offender phone system or to write letters as alternative ways of staying connected with persons housed at the downtown facility. The video visiting system at the Work Center will remain unchanged. Regular visiting rules will be reinstated as soon as this emergency is over.

This decision was made based on the desire to keep inmates, visitors and corrections staff safe and healthy.
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Jail Visiting Hours

Inmate Locations Day Times
1st & 3rd Floor (all women) Saturday 8:00 a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m.
  Sunday 8:00 a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m.
2nd Floor Units 2A, 2B, & 2C Saturday 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Units 2D, 2E, & 2F Sunday 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m


In-person visiting Downtown:

Visits begin on the hour at 8, 9, or 10 and again at 1, 2, or 3.  We stop taking sign ups at 9:50 and 2:50 each day.

** Times shown are the official start times for each session.  You must sign up at LEAST 10 minutes prior to your intended visit time. Come early to ensure your position.  

Remote and video visiting at both is managed by a contract vendor Securus Technologies. If you would like to call Securus, their phone number is 1-800-844-6591.

You must contact Securus to schedule visits at least hours in advance. 



The Whatcom County Jail is located in the Public Safety Building at the corner of Central and Prospect Streets in Bellingham.  The entrance is off Central Street, on the opposite (east) side of the building from the main entrance to the Sheriff's Office.

The Interim Work Center is located at 2030 Division Street in Bellingham.

Posting Bail

Bail may be posted 24 hours a day via the Jail lobby kiosk after hours. To access the lobby after hours, push the after hours button next to the jail's main entrance.

Receiving Calls From Inmates

If you are having trouble receiving collect calls from an inmate, please call 1-800-844-6591.