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Georgia Department of Corrections
Offender Telephone System
Global Tel*Link Customer User Guide
Revised 4/7/2016


Offender Telephone System Provider – Global Tel*Link
The Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) current contractor for offender telephone system services is
Global Tel*Link (GTL). All offender collect calls from GDC facilities will be initiated and completed by the GTL
system. This document is to serve as a guideline and overview of the services offered by GTL for friends and
families of offenders housed in GDC’s facilities.

Receiving Calls from a GDC facility
Offender telephone calls will only be completed if the telephone or cellular telephone number called is
on the offender’s call allow list.
Call Allow Lists: Each offender will have an established phone list of up to a maximum of twenty (20) persons.
The offender may have persons on the phone list that are not on his/her visitation list. The offender is responsible
for providing accurate call list information. The offender is responsible for updating his/her call allow list every six
months (if desired) according to procedure. Any offender who gives deceiving or deliberately inaccurate
information in an effort to deviate from or circumvent established procedures shall be subject to disciplinary action
through the offender disciplinary process.
Determining your type of billing with GTL: GTL will bill through a traditional local telephone company (also
known as a Local Exchange Carrier or LEC) up to a monthly limit of $100.00. Payments for these billings are
made with your normal telephone bill. All other calls are payable through a GTL Direct Remit account or pre-paid
AdvancePay account.

Local Phone Company Customers
GTL has the ability to bill calls from an offender at a GDC facility through your local telephone company if it is a
traditional local telephone company or LEC such as AT&T, Verizon or Qwest.
How do I know whether I am billed by my local telephone company or direct billed by GTL?
 A customer can be billed through their local telephone company if the company has established a billing
arrangement with GTL. Once the offender places the call to your number, merely accept the call and the
charges will appear on your local phone company bill. However, if you exceed a $100 per month in call
usage, you will be required to set up a Direct Remit account or AdvancePay account to continue to
receive calls.
 If in doubt that your local telephone company is a LEC with an established billing arrangement with GTL,
please contact GTL customer service to confirm.

AdvancePay (Pre-paid Collect) Account Customers
These include customers who:
 Are able to receive collect telephone calls and wish to take advantage of a reduced calling rate.
 Are able to receive collect telephone calls but have exceeded their $100 per month limit.


Want calls placed to their cellular telephones.


Have a non-traditional telephone company service such as a cable provider (e.g. Cox, Comcast, etc.),
a VoIP provider (e.g. Vonage, 8x8, etc.) or a CLEC (Time Warner Telecom, etc.).


Customers who are new to the AdvancePay system will, during the first call from an offender, hear information
on how to make a deposit using a credit card via the automated system, through a customer service agent with
GTL at 1-800-483-8314, or via a website at to set up a new account.

AdvancePay (Pre-paid Collect) Account Customers

The cost of calls are pre-paid via funds applied to an account. The funds are tied to the
telephone number which you specify.
There is no minimum deposit requirement for establishing an account.
Payments may be made as often as needed; however, there is a transaction fee anytime funds
are added to the account based on the payment process as indicated below:
AdvancePay (Pre-paid Collect) Funding Fees
Fee Description



Pre-paid Collect Funding Fee via the automated system or website.

$3.00 per deposit

Pre-paid Collect Funding Fee via live agent.

$4.75 per deposit

Pre-paid Collect Funding Fee via mail using check or money order.

$0.00 per deposit

Customers will be notified by an automated message from GTL when the pre-paid funds are
nearly depleted. You will be unable to receive additional calls until additional funds are added to
the account.
Payments may be made with a credit card by calling Global Tel*Link at 1-800-483-8314 or online at

GDC Offender Calling Rates
How much will a call from a GDC facility cost? The following calling rates will be applied to calls
received from GDC facilities. The cost of the call is based on each customer’s call jurisdiction (the
distance from the GDC correctional facility) as well has how the call is billed.

GDC Calling Rates
Effective 03/17/2016
Collect and
Direct Remit
Per Minute Rate

(Pre-paid Collect)
Per Minute Rate



Mileage 0-16



Mileage 17-9999





Call Type
Long Distance In-State

Long Distance Out-of-State


GTL Customer Service Information
Where can I find GTL’s toll-free Customer Service Center phone number?
• GTL calls completed through a local telephone service provider will appear on the service
provider’s billing invoice/statement in a section titled “GTL or third party services” and will include
the GTL toll-free number for customer service and billing inquiries.
• Charges billed directly by GTL will include the customer service number (1-866-230-7761) which is
published on the GTL invoice for direct remit accounts.
• AdvancePay customer service is available by calling 1-800-483-8314.
What is your website for online customer service? - For direct remit and AdvancePay customers.
What are the GTL Customer Service Center hours of operation (English or Spanish)?
Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 Midnight ET / Saturday and Sunday 9am – 8pm ET
What are the busiest days of the week for GTL’s customer service center?
Monday is the busiest day, followed by Tuesday.
Billing and Payment Methods and Procedures
What forms of payment does GTL accept?
• Credit Cards – Visa, MasterCard and Discover
• Money Order
• Check
• Western Union
Where do I send my GTL payment?

For GDC offender call charges billed to you by your local telephone company, use the payment
address provided by the local exchange carrier.


For direct remit accounts, you have the following options for making a payment:
a. GTL Customer Service website (
b. Credit card payment via GTL automated operator or a live Customer Service
representative by calling 1-866-230-7761.
d. Mail payments to the address listed on the GTL billing invoice.
e. Western Union -Instructions for making payments can be found on


For AdvancePay customers, you have the following options for making a deposit:
a. GTL Customer Service website (
b. Credit card payment via GTL automated operator or a live Customer Service
representative by calling 1-800-483-8314.
c. Mail payments to the following address: GTL, Dept 1722, Denver, CO 80291-1722.
Provide your telephone number, zip code and correctional facility name on your payment for
faster posting.


How do I use Western Union?
Family members and friends of offenders in GDC correctional facilities who receive direct billing or
utilize AdvancedPay accounts from GTL for collect calls can use Western Union agents to make
payments. This additional payment channel is being offered as a convenience and to facilitate
prompt posting of cash and debit card transactions. This is a valuable service to family members
and friends of offenders who do not have access to checks or credit cards.
Western Union has over 55,000 agents throughout North America, 40% of which are located in
supermarkets. Western Union’s “Quick Collect” (blue form) service, which will be used for this
application. The fee for this service could vary by country of origin.
Normally, payments will process through agents and be posted to accounts within 4 hours. Some
account types may take up to 48 hours to post, but this is exceptional. Account deposits can also be
made directly to GTL on our website at

GTL International Offender Call Procedures
What if I reside outside of the United States and want to receive calls from an offender of
Customers located outside of the US must locate their nearest Western Union Agent location and
either complete a blue form with their personal information or provide the required information to the
Western Union agent. Customers must provide the following information:
International Locations
Pay To Company Name – GLOBAL TEL LINK INTL
Company Code – ADVANCE PAY AL
State - AL
Amount to be Paid – The amount the customer wishes to be applied to their phone account
Account Number – Customer’s full telephone number including country and city code
***For customers in Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands use:
Pay To Company Name - GLOBAL TEL LINK INTL
Company Code – ADVANCE PAY AL
State - AL
Amount to be Paid – The amount the customer wishes to be applied to their phone account
Account Number – customer 10 digit phone number***
A GDC offender will only be able to use the funds deposited to dial the specific phone number you
have selected as their account number. Once the money transfer is complete – the offender will be
able to place a call to that designated number in approximately 24 hours. Note – payments cannot
be made via the Western Union website.
How do customers find the nearest Western Union Agent Location?
Customers can visit and click on the “Find Locations” at the top of the screen
and follow instructions or call 1-800-325-6000.
 Are there fees involved for this transaction?
Yes. Western Union charges between $10 and $15 USD per transaction depending on the
Country of transaction origin.


 What if the account holder sets up an account with the wrong phone number?
For help with accounts, the most effective way to reach GTL Customer Service is by
contacting GTL at 1-800-483-8314. GTL can also provide, upon request, this FAQ document
and rate table. Because dialing protocol may vary by country, customers need to check with
their local operator or request dialing protocol information by sending an email to GTL
customer service through the website Customer service is provided in
English and Spanish.
 Can the offenders make calls to other parties with this setup?
No. Offenders can only call the phone number that has been setup by the party that has
deposited the money to establish the pre-paid account.

 Can anyone set up an account?

Generally, yes. But the correctional facility still reserves the right to block/restrict specific
numbers and there may be limitations on call lengths. Also, calls may be subject to
monitoring and recording.

 Can I get a refund on an unused balance?

Yes. Refund requests are processed by customer service. Refunds will be sent via Western
Union Quick Cash to participating Western Union Agent locations and are subject to currency
fluctuations. Any refunds not retrieved from the Western Union Agent within 30 days will be
forfeited to GTL. Refund requests are also subject to Western Union transaction fees. When
an account balance is less than the Western Union transaction fee, a refund request will not
be processed.
*GTL’s Western Union International AdvancePay program is 100% pre-paid, so there is
no monthly bill.

Questions regarding international GTL accounts should be directed to the following
email address:

Frequently Asked Questions about Offender Telephone System Services
As a GTL customer, who should I call for service?
Direct remit customers can reach GTL’s Customer Service at 1-866-230-7761 toll-free. AdvancePay
customers should call 1-800-483-8314.
Why can’t I receive calls?
Some services offered by GTL are restricted to a set number of calls per month, a certain dollar limit,
or your telephone company will not allow collect calls. If you cannot receive calls, it may be for one of
these reasons. If you believe you should be able to receive calls and cannot, please call 1-800-4838314.


If my payment to GTL was misdirected to the wrong Global Tel*Link address, how do I correct
Global Tel*Link has encountered cases of misdirected payments and is proactively working to
redirect them. If you think you may have experienced this situation, please let us know by calling
1-866-230-7761 for Direct Remit accounts, and 1-800-483-8314 for AdvancePay accounts.
I am no longer able to receive international collect calls from GTL and I live outside the United
States. What should I do now?
Global Tel*Link has arranged for you to establish a pre-paid international telephone account
through Western Union. You can simply go to the nearest Western Union agent location and tell
them you want to establish a pre-paid telephone account to receive calls from the United States and
they will provide you with further instructions. For more information, visit For additional questions, please contact GTL at 1-800483-8314.
If the offender is released or I wish to close my account will I receive a refund for the
remaining funds on the account?
In order to receive a refund for any monies that may be in your GTL account you must do the
 Contact the GTL Customer Service Department at 1-866-230-7761 for Direct Remit accounts,
and 1-800-483-8314 for AdvancePay accounts. We require a written request to be mailed or
faxed by the owner of the account when requesting a refund. Requests can be mailed to
Global Tel*Link, P.O. Box 912234, Denver, CO 80291-2234. Fax number will be provided
upon request. Refunds must be requested within 90 days of the last call received, since
as a business policy, GTL closes accounts that have had no activity after 90 days.
“No activity” means that no calls have been made on the account and there have been no
deposits/adjustments, or any customer calls into the GTL automated system for that account. In the
event that customers contact us after 90 days, GTL generally enforces a liberal policy in reactivating
an account or refund based on a customer request so long as the account in question can be located
in the database and authenticated. In order to maintain efficient databases for our customers and the
GTL service team, GTL adheres to this policy. Accounts that are dormant or inactive are purged from
the active database.