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Protect Your Child ID Kit

Download NCMEC child ID kits

One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information. A Child ID kit is a simple yet effective tool to help families maintain current photos of and descriptive information about their children. This kit is an amazing tool for teenage and younger children!

What should you include in your child i.d. kit?

Photo identification (ID)

Families should have current photos of their children. The photo should:

  • Show the child’s full face in color.
  • Be in a digital format and able to be quickly accessed at all times.
  • Capture the way the child really looks.
  • Be updated at least every six months.
  • Be kept in a safe and readily accessible place.


You should include a complete description of your child. The description should include:

  • Name.
  • Nickname.
  • Date of Birth.
  • Sex.
  • Hair color/style.
  • Eye color.
  • Weight.
  • Height.
  • Glasses and braces.
  • Identifying marks such as tattoos or piercings.

Dental X-rays, charting and bite impressions

Dental X-rays, professional dental charting and bite impressions or tooth prints are often useful to law enforcement in resolving missing children cases. You should update dental charts every two years until your child is 18. Check with your child’s dentist to determine if this service is offered.In addition you may choose to have bite impressions made using plastic foam such as StyrofoamTM. Take a two-inch square plastic foam and have your child bite partially through it. The bite should be strong enough to leave an impression of the upper and lower teeth. A new bite sample should be made each time your child loses or grows a tooth. This sample should be stored in a safe and readily accessible place.


Have your child’s fingerprints taken. If your child is missing, law enforcement can enter the prints into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database.As with all of these methods of identification, fingerprints can be recorded and stored at little or no cost. You can buy a fingerprint ink pad at various stores like hobby lobby or online at amazon.

DNA sample

DNA samples are useful to law enforcement in the case of identifying a child’s remains. In recent years DNA has become the “gold standard” for personal identification.There are many DNA collection kits available, but it is simple for you to collect a sample on your own. Items rich in DNA include an old toothbrush allowed to air dry, baby teeth, a hairbrush used exclusively by your child for at least one month or dried blood from a bandage. These items should be placed in a brown envelope licked shut by your child. The envelope should be labeled and stored in a cool, dry and readily accessible place.

Medical reports

Parents and guardians should check with their child’s doctor to make sure their children’s medical records are readily accessible. Medical records, such as X-rays, permanent scars, blemishes, birthmarks and documentation of broken bones, can be helpful in identifying a recovered child.

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