You do not have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing. It is not wasting police time to report someone missing. We are here to protect you and your loved ones.

Your report will be dealt with by our control room in exactly the same way whether you report it online or call 101. You will get an email confirming that we've got your report and telling you what will happen next. And you may find it easier to answer the questions online at your own pace.

Before you start to fill in a missing person form, we will ask you a few questions to make sure reporting them missing online is the right thing to do.

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How to report

You can complete this form on your own without talking to a police officer.

Any information you give us might be useful in the search. The more detail we get the better, but do not worry if you don’t have all of the information the form asks for.

There are lots of questions in this form. You must complete this form in one go. You cannot save your progress and come back later. You have up to two hours to complete each page of the form before it times out.

You can see a full list of all the questions here.

What we'll ask you for

  • your basic details and contact details
  • the missing person's basic details
  • the missing person's contact details
  • what they look like
  • what happened before and around the disappearance
  • what they were wearing when they disappeared
  • what money and transport they have access to
  • their personal life
  • health and medical issues
  • other people we might want to talk to

We will also ask you to upload a recent photograph.

Even if the person has gone missing before, you still need to give us as much information as you can, including their basic details. This is because some of the details you gave us last time may have changed.

If you remember something after you have finished this form, you can tell us about it online later.


What will happen to your online report

Your case will be dealt with exactly the same way whether you report it online or call 101.

How long it takes to complete this form

Average completion time: 25-30 mins.

When you're ready, click start to begin.