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Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database

INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database enables INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) 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 USA, in order to help member countries secure their borders and protect their citizens from terrorists and other dangerous criminals using fraudulent travel documents. 

How it works

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 secure global police communication system. Only the country which issued a document can add it to the database.

Law enforcement officials at INTERPOL NCBs and other locations with access to INTERPOL’s databases through the I-24/7 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.

INTERPOL is 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.


Starting with a few thousand records from just 10 countries, the SLTD database has grown exponentially. At the end of 2014, it contained information on more than 45 million travel documents (passports, identity documents, visas) reported lost or stolen by 169 countries.  

The database was searched by member countries more than one thousand million times in 2014, resulting in nearly 72,000 positive responses, or ‘hits’.

Extending access to SLTD

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.

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.

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. This initiative, currently in pilot phase, 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 in to a hotel or open a bank account.

A positive ‘hit’ will be relayed to law enforcement, to take any necessary actions.

09 julio 2015

Border security focus of visit to INTERPOL by Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

LYON, France – Meeting the future challenges of border security with ever-increasing numbers of international travellers was the focus of discussions between Hans Leijtens, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.The Netherlands’ recent expansion of access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Docu...
29 junio 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

LYON, France – An international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters has resulted in the detention and investigation of 130 individuals found in possession of tickets bought using stolen credit card details.The two-day operation (16 and 17 June) was organized globally by: Europol in The Hague, the Netherlands; INTERPOL through its Genera...
29 mayo 2015

El jefe de INTERPOL afirma que el peligro sin precedentes planteado por los combatientes terroristas extranjeros requiere una respuesta mundial

NACIONES UNIDAS, Nueva York – El Secretario General de INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, declaró en una reunión ministerial del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas sobre combatientes terroristas extranjeros que los países necesitan “intercambiar aún más información y de mejor manera”.El jefe de INTERPOL señaló en esta reunión de alto nivel que cada vez más...
22 mayo 2015

INTERPOL training in Ghana aims to strengthen regional police capacity in border management

ACCRA, Ghana – Law enforcement officers from across West Africa have received specialized training as part of an INTERPOL programme aimed at building policing capacity to strengthen border management.The two-week course (11 – 22 May) at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra brought together 22 law enforcement officers from im...
21 mayo 2015

La conferencia europea de INTERPOL impulsa la colaboración en la lucha contra la delincuencia transnacional

BUCAREST (Rumania) --La 43ª Conferencia Regional Europea de INTERPOL ha concluido con la decisión de altos mandos policiales de respaldar una serie de medidas para intensificar la cooperación regional y concebir estrategias para combatir la delincuencia transnacional.En esta reunión de tres días de duración (19-21 de mayo), a la que acudieron unos 150 del...
14 abril 2015

La primera edición del foro INTERPOL World se centra en la innovación al servicio de la seguridad mundial

SINGAPUR – El eje de este primer foro INTERPOL World, inaugurado hoy en Singapur, es fomentar la innovación para hacer frente a los problemas que plantea la seguridad mundial.Este acto, de tres días de duración (del 14 al 16 de abril), que constará de una exposición y un congreso, tiene por objeto servir de plataforma para las empresas de seguridad, las f...
10 abril 2015

INTERPOL border security operation targets criminals traveling in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE – The first border security operation coordinated by INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore has led to the arrest of international fugitives attempting to travel in countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).During Operation Sunbird (16-24 March), which focused on identifying wanted criminals, police an...
19 febrero 2015

El intercambio de información es un mecanismo eficaz para capturar a los combatientes terroristas extranjeros, declara el jefe de INTERPOL

WASHINGTON D.C. (Estados Unidos) – El Secretario General de INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, destacó el papel que un intercambio de información y una gestión fronteriza eficaces pueden desempeñar, a través de la red planetaria de la organización policial mundial, en el ámbito de la lucha contra el peligro mundial que plantean los combatientes terroristas extranjer...
29 enero 2015

La amenaza para Europa de los combatientes extranjeros requiere una respuesta mundial, declara el jefe de INTERPOL

RIGA (Letonia) – En una reunión de los ministros de Justicia e Interior de los países miembros de la Unión Europea celebrada hoy en Letonia, el Secretario General de INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, ha declarado que es preciso un esfuerzo mundial para responder a las necesidades de la Unión Europea (UE) en materia de seguridad interior y hacer frente a la amenaza...
25 septiembre 2014

Una resolución de la ONU reconoce el papel mundial de INTERPOL contra los combatientes terroristas extranjeros

NACIONES UNIDAS (Nueva York) – El Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas ha aprobado por unanimidad una resolución por la que se reconocen los esfuerzos que INTERPOL lleva a cabo para enfrentarse al peligro que suponen los combatientes terroristas extranjeros, a través, entre otros medios, del intercambio de información a escala mundial entre las fue...

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