Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The following guidelines must be met before information on a missing or unidentified deceased/living person can be entered into the Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Person On-Line Bulletin.

Missing Person:
(Information on a Texas missing person or a person missing from another state but believed to be in Texas.)
  1. The parent, spouse, or guardian must contact a law enforcement agency and file a missing person report. The missing person must be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) files by the law enforcement agency.
  2. A "Missing Persons Clearinghouse MP-3 Report Form" must be signed, completed and returned to the MPCH. (Forms can be obtained from the MPCH or online at Downloadable Forms).
  3. A current, original photograph must be received by the MPCH. (NOTE: Do not write on the back of the photo.)
  4. In case of parental abductions, a copy of the custody order stating that the reporting parent has custody must be received by MPCH. 
  5. The parent, spouse, guardian or investigating officer must notify MPCH immediately of the location or return of the missing person.
Unidentified Deceased/Living Person
  1. The unidentified deceased/living person must be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) files by the law enforcement agency.
  2. Submit as much pertinent information on the unidentified as possible; such as a photograph (if available), dental records, fingerprints, etc.
  3. The law enforcement agency must notify MPCH immediately upon identification.