How to Remove Name from INTERPOL database?

A formal application for removal is submitted to INTERPOL’s Commission for Control of Files. This complex and potentially lengthy procedure entails evaluating the Red Notice against the standards specified in Article 83 of INTERPOL’s regulations.

How can I make a Request to Remove my name from INTERPOL?

Consider these steps:

1. Reach out to the judicial authorities of the country that issued the Red Notice and ask for the deletion of your name. Each country has its own legal processes, so seeking guidance from a lawyer for this endeavor is advisable.

2. Engage with authorities in your own country for the removal of your name. Legal assistance is recommended to effectively navigate this route.

3. Approach the Commission for Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) to request the deletion of your name, ensuring that your request meets the necessary admissibility criteria.

Requirement for Red Notice Removal Requests?

Navigating INTERPOL’s complex regulations and processes often necessitates the expertise of a lawyer familiar with INTERPOL Red Notices. Furthermore, the basis for challenging a notice can differ significantly between cases. However, several critical aspects should be taken into account:

1. Article 3 of INTERPOL’s constitution explicitly prohibits the organization from involving itself in activities of a political, military, religious, or racial nature.

2. Article 2 mandates that INTERPOL’s actions must align with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

3. There is a specific policy in place for individuals acknowledged as refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Information Required to Request Removal

INTERPOL conducts its operations with meticulous attention to detail. For a name to be considered for removal from its database, it must align with the organization’s constitution and regulations. Providing comprehensive and well-researched information to INTERPOL is crucial, including details such as:

1. Nature of Offense: What are the specific details of the charges? If you’re wrongly accused, evidence countering the accusations is essential, such as photographs, videos, or eyewitness accounts.

2. Status of the Person Concerned: Who is the accused individual? If there’s a history of political involvement that could have influenced the requesting country’s decision, this information should be disclosed.

3. Identity of Data Source: Include any relevant information from court decisions on similar cases or reports from human rights organizations that could impact your case.

4. General Context of the Case: If the case is rooted in civil disputes rather than criminal matters, it’s important to provide this context to your lawyer.

5. Risk of Torture: If there’s a concern about the risk of torture upon return to your home country, this information must be conveyed to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF).


The option to have your name removed from Interpol’s Red Notice now exists. As long as your case meets the criteria for admissibility, there is a real possibility for removal.

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Interpol Lawyer Dmytro Konovalenko
Dmytro Konovalenko
Senior Partner
Lawyer specializing in extradition and Interpol cases, with membership in the International Bar Association. In five years of practice, Dmitry has defended clients against persecution by law enforcement agencies in the United States, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. He has successfully applied measures to prevent a manhunt at early stages and specializes in defending in complex cases involving economic, political and military charges.
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