How do I Remove my Name from INTERPOL?

Your life isn’t over if you find your name on INTERPOL’s Red Notice. You can proceed to request that your name be deleted.

An official request for deletion is made to the Commission for Control of INTERPOL’s Files. The proceedings are intricate and may last longer. The process involves assessment of the Red Notice based on the criteria outlined in Article 83 of INTERPOL’s rules.

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

You may consider the following steps.

  • Contact the Judicial authorities from which the Red Notice was issued and request your name’s removal. Each country follows its laws and regulations. You can request a lawyer’s advice and follow up on this matter.
  • Contact authorities in your country to seek the removal of your name. You will need to request a lawyer to help you pursue this option.
  • Contact the CCF and request the removal of your name. The request must comply with the admissibility requirements.

What is the Admissibility Requirement for Red Notice Removal Requests?

INTERPOL’s regulations and processes are complex; hence, it is advisable to seek the services of a lawyer who is well versed with INTERPOL Red Notices. In addition, the nature and grounds for a challenge may vary from case to case. First, however, a person should consider these key elements.

  • Article 3 of the INTERPOL’s constitution clearly states that it is strictly forbidden for the organization to engage in political, military, religious, or racial activities.
  • Article 2 of the INTERPOL’s constitution requires the organization to act within the spirit of Universal Declarations of human rights.
  • The special policy that applied to persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 convention.

With these elements in place, INTERPOL must remove the Red Notice if:

  • it seems that the prosecution is politically motivated;
  • there is a violation of human rights;
  • as per international standards, there are no sufficient grounds for prosecution.

What information is Required to Request Removal from the Red Notice?

INTERPOL is very thorough in its work. For any name to qualify for removal, it must comply with its constitution and rules. Sometimes detailed, and a person must share well-researched information with INTERPOL. These details include;

  • Nature of Offense

What are the underlying facts of the charges? If wrongly accused, you should provide evidence that proves otherwise. It can include photos, videos, or eyewitness statements

  • Status of the person concerned

Who is the accused person? If the person has previously been involved in political activities that have troubled the decision of a requesting country, this data must be provided.

  • Identity of Data Source

Provide information, if any, of court decisions regarding other similar cases, such as reports from human rights organizations.

  • The general context of a case

If your case arises from civil rather than criminal disputes, it is important to provide your lawyer with the information.

  • Risk of Torture

You must provide this information to the CCF when you believe you face the risk of torture in your country.


It is now possible to have your name removed from Interpol’s Red Notice. Provided that it falls within the rules of admissibility, then you can rest assured of this possibility.

Kendall Coffey
Senior Partner
Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and served as Chair of, the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – January 2017).

How do I Remove my Name from INTERPOL FAQ

How do I remove an Interpol red notice?
Removing your name from an Interpol Red Notice involves an official request to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files (CCF). It would be advisable to seek legal assistance due to the complexity of the process. You could also contact the judicial authorities of the country that issued the Red Notice or the authorities in your own country to initiate the process.
How serious is a Red Notice?
A Red Notice is quite serious. It is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. It contains two main types of information: information to identify the wanted person, and information related to the crime they are wanted for.
How do I know if I have a Red Notice?
If a Red Notice has been issued against you, you might be informed by law enforcement authorities if you're arrested or detained. However, not all Red Notices are publicly accessible due to privacy reasons. If you suspect that you might be the subject of a Red Notice, you should consult with a lawyer.
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