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Counterfeit Travel and Identity Documents


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Length (in hours)
2.5 hours

Release Date
March 2021

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Fraudulent travel and identity documents are often used by organized crime, terrorist organizations, and other criminals for a wide range of illegal purposes. The ability to recognize the authenticity of a travel or identity document can help police and other law enforcement personnel recognize potential threats and disrupt criminal activities.

Counterfeit Travel and Identity Documents instructs on the basic skills required to recognize genuine travel or identity documents and provides techniques to determine whether a document is genuine or fraudulent. In addition to identifying the difference between counterfeit and altered documents, this course introduces learners to a number of different security features as well as the criminal law, policy, and procedures that apply when fraudulent documentation is discovered.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize genuine travel and identity documents, including passports, Citizenship and Immigration Canada documents, driver’s licences and breeder documents
  • List standard security features associated with paper, printing, laminates, optically variable devices and plastic documents
  • Identify the purpose of breeder documents and explain why travel and identity documents are fraudulently created
  • Identify the criminal law, policy and procedures that apply when fraudulent documentation is discovered

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Services, Government and Other First Responders

Content Provider

This course was developed by the RCMP's National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau, the Immigration and Passport Branch, the CCS Branch (National Identity Fraud), RCMP Legal Services and Learning and Development.