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Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database

INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other authorized law enforcement entities (such as immigration and border control officers) to ascertain the validity of a travel document in seconds.

The SLTD database was created in 2002, following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, to help member countries secure their borders and protect their citizens from terrorists and other dangerous criminals using fraudulent travel documents. 

Starting with a few thousand records from just 10 countries, the SLTD database has grown exponentially: as of March 2014, it contains information on more than 40 million travel documents (passports, identity documents, visas) reported lost or stolen by 167 countries.  

Law enforcement officials at INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and other locations with access to INTERPOL’s databases through the I-24/7 secure global police communication system – such as airports and border crossings – can query the passports of individuals travelling internationally against the SLTD, and immediately determine if the document has been reported as lost or stolen so they can take the necessary actions.

The database was searched by member countries more than 800 million times in 2013, resulting in some 67,000 positive responses, or ‘hits’.

 

Records

Searches

Contributing countries

2013 39,519,010 808,999,283 166
2012 35,320,073 739,857,702 166
2011 31,257,849 679,877,481 161
2010 23,985,965 499,885,216 154
2009 19,857,921 326,355,744 147
2008 16,706.281 76,541,088 145
2007 13,921,191 20,362,042 133
2006 13,297,631 4,819,907 121
2005 8,954,461 212,875 91
2004 5,667,505 21,091 65
2003 299,264 1,486 35
2002 3,900 145 10

Details of stolen and lost passports are submitted directly to the STLD database by INTERPOL NCBs and law enforcement agencies via INTERPOL’s I-24/7 system. Only the country which issued a document can add it to the database.

INTERPOL is therefore not automatically notified of all passport thefts occurring worldwide, and the SLTD database is not connected to national lists of stolen or lost passports. As such, information on national statistics must be requested directly from the country in question.

In order to increase the use of the SLTD database worldwide, INTERPOL encourages each member country to extend access to the I-24/7 network – and through it access to its criminal databases including the STLD – to major airports, border crossings and other strategic locations. This requires the installation of technical equipment or specialized software.

Despite the potential availability of the STLD database, not all countries systematically search the database to determine whether an individual is using a fraudulent passport.

To help identify and stop criminals from using lost or stolen travel documents long before they get to the airport or the border, INTERPOL has developed I-Checkit . The initiative will allow private sector partners in the travel, hotel and banking industries to screen customers’ documents against the SLTD database when they book a plane ticket, check into a hotel or open a bank account. A positive ‘hit’ will be relayed to law enforcement, to take any necessary actions.

News
03 November 2014

INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime campaign takes off with AirAsia

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Moldova celebrates 20th anniversary as INTERPOL member country

CHISINAU, Moldova – Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has underlined Moldova’s commitment to INTERPOL and the wider law enforcement community as the country marked the 20th anniversary of its membership of the world police body.At a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, the INTERPOL Chief said the country was at ‘the forefront’ of internation...
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INTERPOL and EU launch Project Estijab to help reinforce security across Jordan

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INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution

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INTERPOL condemns 'depraved' murder of British hostage by Islamic State group

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INTERPOL Chief announces border strengthening project during mission to Niger

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INTERPOL offers full assistance following Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine

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20 May 2014

Airlines and governments share responsibility to stop stolen passports being used to board planes

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AirAsia becomes first airline to pilot INTERPOL I-Checkit system

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25 April 2014

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INTERPOL Tehran identifies two Iranian nationals who used legal documents ahead of flight MH 370

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24 February 2014

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INTERPOL joins Frontex operation in Romania against Black Sea crime

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I-Checkit
An innovative tool to detect and prevent illicit transactions.