Seatac Federal Detention Center

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Seatac Federal Detention Center
Prison Code: SET
Prison Type: Federal Detention Center
Region: Western Region
State: Washington
Security Level: Administrative

Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for Seatac Federal Detention Center. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to an inmate there, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information below if you are going to send a package or letter to an inmate to make sure that you correctly write the address, and use the right steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could get sent back.

FDC Seatac
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle WA, 98198

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. Make sure to read over the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page if you are going to try to visit someone in prison.

Seatac Federal Detention Center
2425 South 200Th Street
Seattle WA, 98198

Phone Number

Federal inmates can’t take phone calls, so you won’t be able to call the inmate, however, there are some times when it may be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(206) 870-5700

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax your inmate, but there are cases when it might be helpful to know the fax number to Seatac Federal Detention Center.

(206) 870-5717 

Email Address

This email address is the main email for the facility. You cannot email inmates at this address. If you need to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email information below.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   728 

Inmate Email

To send email to an inmate at Seatac Federal Detention Center you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Prisoners are allowed to receive emails only from people listed on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a formal request to send and recieve emails with a family member or friend by placing that person in their contact list.

All email is subject to monitoring. Prison inmates give consent to being monitored when they sign up to participate in the system. Family and friends of the inmate must consent to getting monitored when they agree to correspondence with the prisoner and are reminded every time that they get an email letter from the prisoner.

When a person is added to an inmates contact list they will get an email message which directs them to CorrLink at
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Email messages must not endanger the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison facility. Also, emails cannot exceed 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules are not allowed.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal inmates don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a federal prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might not get delivered.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Seatac Federal Detention Center officials will open and read and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general packages and mail can be read as frequently as is necessary to ensure safety and security or watch a problem regarding an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the proper format for how you need to address a package or letter to a federal prisoner at Seatac Federal Prison:

FDC Seatac
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle WA, 98198

To read the entire Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, click here: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was started to provide a bank-like account for prisoner money and for buying things not issued by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money into these Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money through the mail and have to send funds to this address and follow the policies given below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit has to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold period, during which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks can’t be accepted for deposit so do not send checks or cash.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family are also able to send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent via one of these methods:

  1. At an agent location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you can call 1-800-325-6000 or go to
  2. By phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and choose phone prompt option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Visit and choose “Quick Collect.”

For the Western Union Quick Collect transaction, this info must be included:

  1. Correct and valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to that federal inmate, funds might not get returned.

For additional info about how to send money to an inmate, go to the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Federal inmates are frequently moved to different prisons around the nation, so you might need to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an inmate.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own procedures for prisoner visitation and these rules change frequently. The policies below could be out of date now, so make sure to also check the facility’s website to find the most recent rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard ensures each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when they enter the visitation area and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo ID of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the points shown below, check out the actual prison website as this info changes often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the complete Guide to Seatac Federal Detention Center Visitation click here: Visitation Instructions

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility before?

If so, go to: Seatac Federal Detention Center Jobs


The official website: Seatac Federal Detention Center Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Seatac Federal Detention Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Seatac Federal Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Seatac Federal Detention Center?

If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you could write in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are a prisoner here, leave your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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