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Privacy Act Statement

The solicitation of this information is authorized by Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (sections 201 and 202); Homeland Security Act of 2002 (section 232); 28 U.S.C. 530C. The information you submit is for official use by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the purpose of making information available to the general public and professionals such as law enforcement professionals, coroners, and medical examiners, to help solve cases of missing persons, unidentified persons, and unclaimed persons.

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b), all or a portion of the records or information contained in this system of records may be disclosed as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) under the circumstances or for the purposes described below, to the extent such disclosures are compatible with the purposes for which the information was collected, including but not limited to: (1) any agency, organization, or individual for the purposes of performing authorized audit and oversight operations of the DOJ and meeting related reporting requirements; (2) such recipients and under such circumstances and procedures as are mandated by federal statute or treaty; and (3) any criminal, civil, or regulatory law enforcement or medicolegal authority (whether federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, foreign, or international), where the information is relevant to the recipient entity’s law enforcement or medicolegal responsibilities. The full list of routine uses for this system can be found in the System of Records Notice titled, JUSTICE/OJP—015, “National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs),83 Fed. Reg. 13,306.

Registration and use of NamUs is voluntary, except in States with laws requiring certain professionals to use NamUs for missing and unidentified persons cases. For voluntary, general public NamUs users, the effect of not providing all or any part of requested information may prevent you from inputting information and accessing specific information about missing persons cases. For professional users that access NamUs on a voluntary basis, the effect of not providing all or any part of the requested information may prevent you from verifying your privileges to access cases involving missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases. For professional users that access NamUs as required by State law, the effect of not providing requested information may be inconsistent with State law.