Megan’s Law by State

Washington State’s 1990 Community Protection Act included America’s first law authorizing public notification when dangerous sex offenders are released into the community. However, it was the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka that prompted the public demand for broad based community notification. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law requires the following two components:

Sex Offender Registration – The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act requires the States to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Sex offender registration laws are necessary because:

  • Sex offenders pose a high risk of re-offending after release from custody;
  • Protecting the public from sex offenders is a primary governmental interest;
  • The privacy interests of persons convicted of sex offenses are less important than the government’s interest in public safety;
  • Release of certain information about sex offenders to public agencies and the general public will assist in protecting the public safety.

Community Notification – Megan’s Law allows the States discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information on registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification:

  • Assists law enforcement in investigations;
  • Establishes legal grounds to hold known offenders;
  • Deters sex offenders from committing new offenses;
  • Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from victimization.

Our interactive Megan’s Law map provides Internet access to better serve America’s evolving, fast paced, transient society. Young parents considering day care providers or businesses and organizations whose employees or volunteers have unsupervised access to children require this critical information so that they can make informed choices based on the best information available.

In order to remain current and maintain relevance we ask the public to provide updated information that we may have overlooked, including new, broken or invalid web links so that the KlaasKids Foundation can continue to be the Internet’s premiere Megan’s Law destination.

On July 27, 2006 President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. One important component requires the U.S. Justice Department to create a public accessible Internet based national sex offender database that allows users to specify a search radius across state lines. The result is the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.

Accessing Megan’s Law – International Efforts 

Updated 8/11/15

Map of Megan's Law by State


  • Alabama – Approximately 16,300 including non-residents, 13,850 without non-residents as of 7/7/15
  • Alaska – 2,274 registered; 113 non-compliant; 3,300 on web as of 6/30/15
  • Arizona – 115,438 as of 7/1/15
  • Arkansas – 14,659 as of 7/9/15
  • California – There are 73,489 registrants, 6,110 transients; and 15,514 registrants in violation. 83,059 registrants are on the public Megan’s Law website (this includes Incarcerated and Deported).  This does not include No Posts or Excluded registrants); 4,623 transients are publicly posted, 11,520 of publicly disclosed registrants are in violation A
  • as of 7/8/15
  • Colorado – 17,476 as of 7/22/15
  • Connecticut – 5,346 as of 8/10/15
  • Delaware – 4709 as of 07/07/2015
  • Florida – 11,069* predators, 54,574* sexual offenders, and 288* juvenile sexual offenders as of 7/08/15
    *Number reflects total registrants listed in registry. State or jurisdiction of residency for individual registrants may or may not be in Florida.
  • Georgia – 26,690 registered; 538 non-compliant as for 7/9/15
  • Hawaii – 2,874 as of 07/01/15
  • Idaho –4,114 adults; 97 juveniles, 216 Non-compliant offenders as of 6/30/15
  • Illinois – 30,877 in database; 23,466 residing in Illinois as of 7/1/15
  • Indiana – 9,563 as of 7/31/15
  • Iowa – 5,267 as of 7/27/15
  • Kansas – 14,161 Public records; 15,584 Restricted and public records; 995 Non-compliant public offender records; 1,153 Non-compliant public and restricted records  as of 7/9/15
  • Kentucky – 10,406 as of 7/8/15
  • Louisiana – 9073 as of 7/23/15
  • Maine – 3,007 as of 7/20/15
  • Maryland –Registered 7020, Incarcerated 970, Active 6050, Compliant 5738 as of 7/30/15
  • Massachusetts – 11,426 as of 8/7/15
  • Michigan – 41,793  as of 7/1/15
  • Minnesota – 17,588 as of 7/9/15
  • Mississippi – 8,865 as of 7/23/15
  • Missouri – 14,674 as of 8/11/15
  • Montana – 2,436 as of 07/1/15
  • Nebraska – 4,929 as of 7/5/15
  • Nevada – 7,955 active 11,907 inactive registered offenders as of 6/30/15
  • New Hampshire –  Total 5,898 with 2,723 active offender as of 7/21/15
  • New Jersey – 15,540 as of 7/21/15
  • New Mexico – 3,511 as of 7/9/15
  • New York – 37,288 as of 7/21/14
  • North Carolina – 22, 079 as of 8/11/15
  • North Dakota – 1,859 as of 7/8/15
  • Ohio – 18,817 as of 7/9/15
  • Oklahoma – 5,965 active offenders, and 828 non-compliant offenders as of 7/1/15
  • Oregon – 28,221 as of 7/31/15
  • Pennsylvania – 17,938 as of 7/7/15
  • Rhode Island – 1,669 active; 7 homeless active; 335 inactive; 33 non-compliant; 77 juvenile offender; 1 inactive moved; 1 inactive deceased; 1 inactive other; 208 out of state; 196 incarcerated; 86 deported; 1 out of state/incarcerated; 1 detention center; 1 absconded as of 6/29/15
  • South Carolina – 15,996 total sex offenders.  9416 are active offenders as of 7/8/15
  • South Dakota – 3,421 as of 7/14/15
  • Tennessee – 21,306 as of 8/11/15
  • Texas – 84,673 as of 07/09/15
  • Utah – ​   7,252 as of 7/9/2015
  • Vermont – 2,255 as of 7/7/15
  • Virginia – 21,788 as of 7/9/15
  • Washington – 21,556 as of 7/15
  • Washington, D.C. – 1,048 as of 7/30/15
  • West Virginia – 4,474  as of 7/7/15
  • Wisconsin – 23,775 as of 07/07/15
  • Wyoming – 1,506 as of 7/15/15

Source for State Megan’s Law Grade Number of Registrants – Parents for Megan’s Law

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