Sex Offender Registry Websites
The National Sex Offender Public Website—coordinated by the Department of Justice—enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and numerous Indian tribes for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
To run a search: Enter the site, select the “I agree” button under Conditions of Use, fill out the Search form, and select “Search.”
You can also search registry websites maintained by individual jurisdictions by following the links below. Note: the information contained in the national registry and the state and tribal registries is identical; the national registry simply enables a search across multiple jurisdictions.
- Osage Nation
- Otoe-Missouria Tribe
- Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe
- Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
- Poarch Band of Creek Indians
- Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
- Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
- Pueblo of San Ildefonso
- Pueblo of Acoma
- Pueblo of Cochiti
- Pueblo of Isleta
- Pueblo of Jemez
- Pueblo of Laguna
- Pueblo of Santa Ana
- Pueblo of Santa Clara
- Pueblo of Taos
- Pueblo of Zuni
- Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada
- Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
- Quinault Indian Nation
- Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
- Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
- Rosebud Sioux Tribe
- Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma
- Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation)
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
- Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
- Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
- San Carlos Apache Tribe
- Santee Sioux Nation
- Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan
- Seminole Indian Tribe
- Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
- Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
- Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
- Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
- Shoshone-Paiute Tribes (in Idaho)
- Shoshone-Paiute Tribes (in Nevada)
- Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
- Skokomish Indian Tribe
- Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
- Southern Ute Indian Tribe
- Spirit Lake Tribe
- Spokane Tribe of Indians
- Squaxin Island Tribe
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- Suquamish Tribe
- Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
- Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
- Three Affiliated Tribes
- Tohono O’odham Nation
- Tonto Apache Tribe
- Tulalip Tribes
- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
- United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
- Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
- Ute Indian Tribe
- Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
- White Mountain Apache Tribe
- Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
- Wyandotte Nation
- Yankton Sioux Tribe
- Yavapai-Apache Nation
- Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
For more information: The National Sex Offender Public Website connects all U.S. state, tribal, and territory websites so that citizens can search for the identities and locations of known sex offenders. The National Sex Offender Registry is a database available only to law enforcement that is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Learn more.
Background on the National Sex Offenders Registry
Our Crimes Against Children Unit at FBI Headquarters coordinated the development of the National Sex Offenders Registry (NSOR), which is currently managed by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
The Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996 (Lychner Act) required the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to track the whereabouts and movements of certain convicted sex offenders under Title 42 of the United States Code Section 14072. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) run by the FBI enables the NSOR to retain the offender’s current registered address and dates of registration, conviction, and residence.
The Lychner Act imposed two major obligations on the FBI that became effective October 3, 1997:
- To establish a national database that tracks the location and movements of each person who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, or is a sexually violent predator.
- To register and verify the addresses of sex offenders who reside in states without a “minimally sufficient” sex offender registry (SOR) program. Today, all 50 states have minimally sufficient SOR programs.
Under the Act, the FBI may release relevant information to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies for law enforcement purposes only. Public notification will only be made if it is necessary to protect the public. However, the Act specifically states that in no case shall the FBI release the identity of any victim of an offense that required registration of a sex offender.
The legislation also made it a criminal offense for a registered sex offender to move to another state and knowingly fail to notify the FBI and authorities in the new state. Notification to the FBI and state authorities must be made within 10 days upon moving to a new state and/or establishing residence following release from prison or placed on parole, supervised release, or probation. Upon release, each sex offender is notified of their lawful duty to register with the FBI and appropriate local authorities.
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexual Violent Offender Registration Program, enacted in 1994, provides a financial incentive for states to establish registration programs for persons who have been convicted of certain sex crimes.
Megan’s Law, enacted in May 1996, amended the Wetterling Program legislation to give states broad discretion to determine to whom notification should be made about offenders, under what circumstances, and about which offenders.