FBI Child ID 4+

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Designed for iPad

    • 1.0 • 1 Rating
    • Free


Every year, thousands of children go missing. The FBI’s Child ID App can help.

This free app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s all at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers like height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with just a few clicks.

The app includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in the first 48 crucial hours after a child goes missing. Links to additional resources for families and victims are also provided.

Please be assured that no information on your child will be collected or stored by the FBI unless you provide it during an emergency.

Warning: If you downloaded an earlier version of the FBI Child ID app (all versions released prior to 2015), any photos and/or information you previously entered will be lost when installing this update.
Child ID Highlights:

New Features:
- Include a default e-mail address for your local police department.
- Auto-populate addresses and phone numbers across profiles.
- Add photos for identifying characteristics (birthmarks, scars, etc.).
- Set and send your phone’s location as your child’s last known location.
- iPhone/iPad/iPod compatible

Organize Your Child’s Information
- Create as many child profiles as you need.
- Use your phone camera and photo library to take and upload photos of each child.
- Add and update key identifying information.

Know What To Do
- Get safety tips on keeping your child out of harm’s way.
- Learn what to do in first few critical hours after a child goes missing.
- Visit additional links with resources for families and victims.

Get Information to Authorities in an Emergency
- Quickly call 911 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
- E-mail your child’s pictures and information to authorities.
- Show identifying information to security or law enforcement officers on the spot.

What’s New

Version 5.3

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Revfrankel ,


Worked once for me to fill out. Then went back a month later to update and it doesn’t get past the icon. Totally useless.

Driver1969 ,

Good start

The concept is good but the execution is amateurish. This app seems to have been designed by a committee of people who have never seen an iPhone. The app was not designed with data normalization in mind. There are too many ways by which a parent can enter information wrong because the app puts no constraints on data entry. Examples are birthdays can be numeric or alpha (MDY, DMY, YMD or whatever else you happen to tap in the field). Names are not in the "First M Last" format, guardian fields just say "Name". Addresses are just as undefined as names are, no field for "county", you need to enter the address multiple times. The guardian's address is just one field etc. etc.

Additionally, you can't add photos of identifying marks or the child's face in profile. The fields for things like hair and eye color or ethnicity don't have the standard names used by law enforcement, that would make it easier for them to do their job etc.

I don't think enough thought went into designing the app, but I hope somebody in the agency takes all the recommendations in the reviews and turns around an updated and improved app very soon.

Other poorly executed design elements include input fields that are blocked by the keyboard, and the option to add a child's photo only gives you the option to use a photo you snap at that moment, you can't use one already on your phone...ridiculous.

It's been over a month and no updates yet to take care of the glaring flubs in the app.

PMZ08 ,

Needs an update

This is a good app, but the developers need to keep up with it. Just tried to update child info, and upon trying to launch the app, it just force closes. So I deleted it, and did a reinstall; which seemed to work as it did open when I clicked on the new install, but of course I lost all the info I have on my child. So I re-entered the info and closed out and tried to relaunch, but just forced closed again. Please fix!!!! Also, allow us to create an account so we don’t loose kids details if app is deleted due to issues and then re-install.

App Privacy

The developer, Federal Bureau of Investigation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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