Megan’s Law for North Dakota

updated 7/7/2016

Contact Person:
  • Mark Sayler – Bureau of Criminal Investigation – (701) 328-5509
  • Kay Berg – Bureau of Criminal Investigation – 701-328-5508
  • Kaylonnie Conley – Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Jessie Kershaw – Bureau of Criminal Investigation – 701-328-5536
  • Mandy Mildenberger – Bureau of Criminal Investigation – 701-328-6522
Offenders Required to Register: Sex Offenders: Individuals who have pled guilty or been found guilty of the following offenses: gross sexual imposition; continuous sexual abuse of a child; sexual imposition; corruption or solicitation of minors; luring minors by computer; sexual abuse of wards; sexual exploitation by a therapist; sexual assault; incest; indecent exposure; surreptitious intrusion; sexual performance by children (all offenses); human trafficking. Offender against Children: homicide offenses (all); assault (felony only); aggravated assault; terrorizing; stalking (felony only); kidnapping; felonious restraint; removal of child from state in violation of custody decree; prostitution (all offenses); and criminal child abuse.
Information Collected: Fingerprints, photo, date and place of conviction, description of offense, residence address, school name and address, employer name and address, DOB, gender, and other identifying information such as height, weight, hair color, eye color, race, scars, marks, and tattoos. DNA samples are collected from all individuals who are required to register unless they have previously submitted a DNA sample.  Vehicle make, model, year, color, license plate.  Email addresses, Internet providers, Social pages, and screen names.
Administrating Agency: State Bureau of Criminal Investigation, local law enforcement, State Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
Timeframe for Registration: Within 3 days of release from incarceration; 10 days prior to changing residence, school, or employment address; within 3 days of moving into state.
Applies to Out of State Offenders: Yes
Duration of Requirement: Offenders Against Children:  15 years after the date of conviction or release from incarceration, whichever is later. Sex Offenders:  Registration length is determined by the risk level assigned.

  • Low risk – 15 years after the date of conviction or release from incarceration, whichever is later.
  • Moderate risk – 25 years after the date of conviction or release from incarceration, whichever is later.
  • High risk – lifetime.

For the life of the individual, if that individual:

  1. On two or more occasions has pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or been found guilty of a crime against a child or as a sexual offender, or an equivalent offense of another state or the federal government. If all qualifying offenses are misdemeanors, this lifetime provision does not apply unless a qualifying offense was committed after August 1, 1999;
  2. Pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of, an offense committed after August 1, 1999, which is described in subdivision a of subsection 1 of section 12.1-20-03, section 12.1-20-03.1, or subdivision d of subsection 1 of section 12.1-20-03 if the person is an adult and the victim is under age twelve, or section 12.1-18-01 if that individual is an adult other than a parent of the victim, or an equivalent offense of another state or the federal government; or
  3. Has been assigned a high risk level by the State Risk Level Committee.
Verification of Address: Every 180 days for 15 and 25 year registrants. Every 90 days for lifetime registrants.
Penalties for Non-Compliance: All offenses Class C felony
Access to Information: Information on all registered offenders is available to the public from the Office of Attorney General via a printable list on the state’s offender registration website.  Registration and conviction information on high risk sex offenders and lifetime registrants is available on the Attorney General’s website at www.ndsexoffender.com. Relevant and necessary conviction and registration information must be disclosed to the public by a law enforcement agency if the individual is moderate or high risk and the agency determines that disclosure of the information is necessary for public protection. Upon request, law enforcement agencies may release conviction and registration information regarding low-risk, moderate-risk, or high-risk offenders.
Confidentiality Provision: Juvenile information, other than for juvenile high risk or juvenile absconded offenders, is confidential.
Number Registered: 1,532 as of 7/1/16
Percent Compliance: 98%
Internet Access: http://www.sexoffender.nd.gov/
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