Silver Alert Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is a Silver Alert?
      – A Silver Alert is a notification that gets pushed out statewide similar to that of a AMBER alert.
    • What are the criteria for a Silver Alert?
      – Silver Alert – This advisory is a notification relating to an endangered person who is confirmed to be a missing person, who is fifty (50) years or older and whom there is clear indication that the individual has an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties. Refer to DPS policy OPR: 43 Amber Alert / Silver Alert / Endangered Person Advisory for more information.
    • When did the NM Silver Alert go into effect?
      -The Silver Alert law took effect on 7/1/13 and was signed by Governor Susana Martinez.

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    • What if you believe a family member is missing and falls under a Silver Alert?
      -Fill out the Silver Alert Report Form with as much information as possible, attach the most recent color photograph to the forms, then take both to your local law enforcement agency immediately-the sooner this info gets out, the better. Download the Silver Alert Report Form. (Be sure to save the form to your desktop before filling it out.)
    • What info will i need when reporting to law enforcement?
      -Basic descriptors of the missing person, info pertaining to their age and mental state, last known location, vehicle description if a vehicle is involved, and an updated photograph
    • What happens when a Silver Alert goes out?
      – DPS pushes it out to all media outlets for broadcast: Info included is general descriptors, last seen location, photo etc. Info will go statewide, unless there is specific evidence leading one to believe the loved one is in the general area.
    • What police agency can push out a Silver Alert?
      -NMSP, APD, or any other law enforcement agency that has a policy pertaining to Silver Alert. Ultimately, if any agency is uncomfortable with issuing one, DPS/NMSP will do it.
    • What If your agency is interested in Silver Alert training or developing its own policy?
      -Contact NMSP Public Information Officer 505-827-3349 or email at
    • What to do if one sees the Silver Alert person?
      -Dial 911 immediately and notify authorities.
    • What other resources are used when a Silver Alert is issued?
      -New Mexico Department of Transportation, and NM Lottery