Law enforcement officers around the world can check the validity of a travel document in seconds using our database of stolen and lost travel documents (SLTD).
The SLTD database contains around 84 million records; these can be lost, stolen and revoked travel documents – such as passports, identity cards, visas and UN laissez-passer, and also stolen blank travel documents.
The database was searched nearly 3 billion times in 2018 by officials worldwide, resulting in more than 289,000 positive matches, or ‘hits’.
How it works
Countries submit records of lost or stolen travel documents to the database. Only the country which issued a document can add it to the database, and it can be done by the INTERPOL National Central Bureau or other authorized law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement officials at National Central Bureaus and frontline locations – such as airports and border crossings – can check the passports of individuals travelling internationally against the SLTD. In this way they can immediately determine if the document has been reported as lost or stolen so they can take the necessary actions.
The database is accessed via our secure global police communication system known as I-24/7.
To help identify and stop criminals from using lost or stolen travel documents long before they get to the airport or the border, we have developed a system called I-Checkit.
This initiative allows trusted partners in the private sector to submit travel documents for screening against the SLTD database when customers book a travel ticket. A positive ‘hit’ will be relayed to law enforcement, to take any necessary actions.
Advice for travellers
Do not attempt to travel with a document that you have reported as lost or stolen.
Once you have declared your travel document as lost or stolen to your national authorities, it is cancelled and considered invalid.
If you try to travel with an invalid document, entry or boarding is denied. The travel document is seized to prevent its future use and you cannot travel.