INTERPOL Notices are international requests for cooperation or alerts allowing police in member countries to share critical crime-related information.

Notices are published by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat at the request of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and authorized entities, and can be published in any of the Organization’s official languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

In the case of Red Notices, the persons concerned are wanted by national jurisdictions for prosecution or to serve a sentence based on an arrest warrant or court decision. INTERPOL's role is to assist the national police forces in identifying and locating these persons with a view to their arrest and extradition or similar lawful action.
In addition, Notices are used by the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunals and the International Criminal Court to seek persons wanted for committing crimes within their jurisdiction, notably genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Types of Notice

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Red Notice
To seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.
Notice - yellow
Yellow Notice
To help locate missing persons, often minors, or to help identify persons who are unable to identify themselves.
Notice - blue
Blue Notice
To collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
Notice - black
Black Notice
To seek information on unidentified bodies.
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Green Notice
To provide warnings and intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries.
Notice - orange
Orange Notice
To warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety.
Notice - UN (small)
INTERPOL–United Nations Security Council Special Notice
Issued for groups and individuals who are the targets of UN Security Council Sanctions Committees.
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Purple Notice
To seek or provide information on modus operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.


Only those notices approved for public dissemination appear on this website (the full list of Notices is available to authorized users via INTERPOL's Information System).

Any individual who is subject to an INTERPOL Notice should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Any unauthorized alteration of any portion of any INTERPOL Notice is considered as a violation and subject to legal prosecution.

Legal basis

A Notice is published only if it fulfils all conditions for processing the information. For example, a Notice will not be published if it violates Article 3 of the INTERPOL Constitution, which forbids the Organization from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.

Notices are processed in line with INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data, which ensure the legality and quality of information, and the protection of personal data.

The legal basis for a Red Notice is an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities in the country concerned. Many of INTERPOL’s member countries consider a Red Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest.

Furthermore, INTERPOL is recognized as an official channel for transmitting requests for provisional arrest in a number of bilateral and multilateral extradition treaties, including the European Convention on Extradition, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Convention on Extradition, and the United Nations Model Treaty on Extradition.


Similar to the Notice is another request for cooperation or alert mechanism known as a 'diffusion'. This is less formal than a notice but is also used to request the arrest or location of an individual or additional information in relation to a police investigation. A diffusion is circulated directly by an NCB to the member countries of their choice, or to the entire INTERPOL membership and is simultaneously recorded in INTERPOL’s Information System.

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18 November 2015

Global asset recovery cooperation focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

16 November 2015

INTERPOL-UNEP conference to tackle most pressing environmental crime issues

09 November 2015

INTERPOL supporting French investigation into athletics corruption

13 October 2015

INTERPOL-supported illegal fishing investigations lead to prosecution

03 June 2015

INTERPOL issues Red Notices for former FIFA officials and executives wanted by US authorities

29 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief says ‘unprecedented’ foreign terrorist fighter threat requires global action

21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime

13 May 2015

New INTERPOL notice could provide global link in targeting criminal assets

06 May 2015

Internationally wanted match-fixing suspect in Italian custody

04 May 2015

INTERPOL issues global alert for potentially lethal illicit diet drug

19 February 2015

Information sharing is a ‘tripwire’ against foreign terrorist fighters – INTERPOL Chief

16 February 2015

Nepal’s top wildlife criminal nabbed in Malaysia

29 January 2015

Foreign fighter threat to Europe requires global response says INTERPOL Chief

24 December 2014

Tanzanian police hold suspected Kenyan ivory smuggling ring leader targeted in INTERPOL operation

15 December 2014

INTERPOL operation in Central America and the Caribbean nets almost 30 tonnes of drugs

25 November 2014

Heads of INTERPOL and United Nations meet on global security challenges

25 September 2014

INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution


 Red Notices



 Yellow Notices



 Orange Notices



Purple Notices



 INTERPOL–United Nations Security Council Special Notices
Individuals - Entities

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