How to Locate Someone in the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy has no records of persons living in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy is also bound by US Privacy Laws that prohibit us from releasing any information about an individual without their explicit written permission to do so.


  • Making an internet search. Many popular browsers have “people search” capabilities or do a more specific search with “internet phone book”
  • Consulting (by internet) the telephone book from the city where you think the person may live – “internet phone book cityname”
  • Contacting the Red Cross through the internet.  They might be able to provide the information you need.  Visit
  • Writing or calling directly to the police authorities of the last city address known.

Generally the police will respond only in emergency cases. Your letter or call should provide all possible information and give the specific reasons for desiring to contact this person or members of his/her family.

  • Consulting with a private investigator in the United States(fee-based)
  • Contacting the nearest Panamanian Consulate in the United States.
  • Contacting the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will attempt to forward letters on matters of great important or on humanitarian grounds in cases involving mental anguish, serious illness, or a death in the immediate family.  SSA can attempt to pass a message to the missing person through the last known employer.  However, since there is no provision for reporting delivery, the inquirer might never find out whether the letter arrived at its destination. There is no charge for delivering letters that have a humanitarian purpose.

In the absence of a compelling humanitarian need, SSA can still forward a letter for a nonrefundable fee of $35.00 to cover their costs.  Payment may be made by postal money order or registered, certified, or cashier’s check payable to the Social Security Administration.  Persons wishing to use this service should write to the:

Social Security Administration
Letter Forwarding
PO Box 33022
Baltimore, MD 21290-3022

Clearly explain why the request is being made, and include the name, date, and place of birth and social security number of the missing person.  If the social security number is missing, the inquirer should include other identifying information, such as the name of the person’s father and mother’s full maiden name.

The Social Security Administration must read each letter to be forwarded to ensure that it contains nothing that could prove embarrassing to the missing person if read by a third party.  They do not believe that it would be proper to open a sealed letter.  Therefore, you must send the letter to be forwarded in a plain, unsealed, unstamped envelope, showing only the missing person’s name.  Nothing of value should be enclosed.