Sex Offender Registry FAQ

Answers from a Tallahassee Sex Crime Attorney

What are the national and state sex offender registries, and what do they do?
The National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) is a database that provides public information on sex offenders and designated sexual predators from across the nation. The NSOPR is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Justice, state governments, and other governments within the United States. The Florida sex offender registry , which is part of that network, provides public information on sex offenders only within the state of Florida. The registry allows the public to access information on sex offenders within their specific communities and other parts of the state.

Who is required to register as a sex offender?
Individuals must regularly register as sex offenders at their local sheriff's stations when they have been convicted as adults of certain types of sex crimes in the state of Florida. A few examples of these include sexual battery, sexual misconduct, luring or enticing a child, lewd/lascivious offenses committed in front of minors under the age of 16, kidnapping of a child, unlawful sexual activity with minors, and many other offenses. If someone is required to register as a sex offender in another state or jurisdiction and then moves to Florida, that person is required to then register in the state of Florida.

What is a sexual predator?
Sex offenders are considered "sexual predators" when they are convicted of sexually violent offenses. The court then assigns them the official title of a sexual predator.

What type of information is listed in the registry?
Individuals who are required to register as sex offenders must report information that includes the following (most of which is made public):

  • Personal identifying information (name, aliases used, date and place of birth, race, driver's license number, etc.)
  • Details of physical appearance (hair color, eye color, weight, height)
  • Address, telephone number, email addresses and other Internet identifiers
  • Name and contact information of the offender's employer and/or school
  • Information about the offender's sex crime

For how long must a qualifying sex offender register?
A person who is required to register as a sex offender must do so for the rest of his or her life, unless that individual obtains post-conviction relief or a full pardon.

When can a juvenile offender be required to register as sex offenders?
Individuals who were adjudicated delinquent for certain sex offenses on or after June 1, 2007 when they were age 14 or older can be listed on Florida's sex offender registry. Sex offenses by juveniles that can lead to listing on the registry include sexual battery, lewd/lascivious battery when certain circumstances are present, lewd/lascivious molestation when certain circumstances are present, and similar laws from other jurisdictions. A juvenile offender can also be required to register if he or she was convicted as an adult for a qualifying sex offense.