Sex Offender Registry Website

The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website—administered by the Department of Justice—enables everyone to search the latest information on the identities and locations of registered sex offenders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, and more than 150 Indian tribes. is a one-stop-shop for sex offender information across state, tribal, and territory jurisdictions, pulling information from each jurisdiction’s registry website into one search. 

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) manages and administers the standards for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act established in Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The SMART Office works with states, tribes, and territories as they work to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and to further knowledge on sex offender management best practices. 

Background on the National Sex Offenders Registry

The FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit coordinated the development of the National Sex Offender Registry, which is currently managed by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS). The National Sex Offender Registry is a database available only to law enforcement.

Legislative Authority

Passed in 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act created a new sex offender registration and notification baseline standard for jurisdictions, replacing a patchwork of laws that included the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996, and Megan’s Law. 

The Adam Walsh Act tasked the FBI with continuing to maintain the National Sex Offender Registry and established the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website. The law also expanded the number of sex offenses registration jurisdictions must capture to include all federal, state, territory, tribal, military, and certain foreign convictions and established community notification standards. 

Earlier Legislation