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Victim Notification System

Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS)

Where possible, all victim information and notifications in criminal cases that have been accepted for prosecution from federal investigative agencies are made available (in both English and Spanish) by means of the Department of Justice’s Victim Notification System (VNS). The Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS) is a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Criminal Division. This free, computer-based system provides federal crime victims with information on scheduled court events, as well as the outcome of those court events. It also provides victims with information on the offender's custody status and release. In addition to the written notifications generated through VNS, victims can obtain automated status information by calling the VNS Call Center at 1-866-365-4968 (1-866-DOJ-4YOU) or by accessing the VNS Internet site at A Victim ID# and PIN# are required to access the VNS Call Center or VNS Internet site.

If you have a question about VNS that is not answered here, please feel free to contact your local FBI, USPIS, or the Victim/Witness Liaison for the Section of the Criminal Division that is handling your case.

Updated September 27, 2023