AMBER Program FAQs
No, only the designated AMBER Control Agency of each state has the authority to issue an AMBER Alert. Find the AMBER Control Agency in your state.
The AMBER Program is coordinated nationally by the U.S. Department of Justice. AmberAlert.com is a technology company supporting law enforcement by providing the Law Enforcement Alerting Portal, or L.E.A.P. to state AMBER Programs for the issuance of AMBER Alerts.
Below is a summary of the U.S. Department of Justice Recommended Criteria for issuing an AMBER™ Alert.
- There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that abduction has occurred.
- The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
- There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
- The abduction is of a child aged 17 years or younger.
The designated AMBER Control Agency of each State has the authority to interpret or make exceptions to the above guidelines in issuing an AMBER Alert. In the vast majority of states, the state police are the control agency and act as gatekeepers for the issuance of AMBER alerts. Deviation is dependent on each state’s approved AMBER Plan.
No. AMBER Alerts can only be issued by the designated AMBER Control Agency. Contact your local police department in the event of an emergency.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), serves as the clearinghouse for the U.S. Department of Justice. All AMBER Alerts are posted on the NCMEC site. To verify whether an AMBER Alert is valid, click here.