California Missing Persons
To report a missing person, before taking any action, please utilize one of the contact methods below.
Contact law enforcement agency listed on missing person record
Contact the California Department of Justice via phone
(800) 222-FIND or (916) 210-3119
24 Hour Nationwide Toll-Free Hotline
Contact the California Department of Justice via Email
Contact the California Department of Justice through the DOJ website
On-line Form to Fill Out
There is no waiting period for reporting a missing person. The California law enforcement agencies must accept any report, even via telephone, of a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of the report.
A missing person is described in California as someone whose whereabouts is unknown to the reporting party. This includes any child who may have run away, been taken involuntary or may be in need of assistance. This include a child illegally taken, held or hidden by a parent or non-parent family member. California Penal Code Sections 277-280)