Megan’s Law for Texas

updated 7/11/2016

Contact Person: Texas Department of Public Safety
Crime Records Service (Registration Inquiries) – (512) 424-2800
Intelligence & Counter Terrorism Division (Compliance/Enforcement Inquiries) -(512) 377-0010Sex Offender Registration Program – MSC 0230
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 4143
Austin TX 78765-4143

Registration questions: txsor@dps.texas.gov
Compliance and enforcement related issues:  SexOffender_Compliance@dps.texas.gov

Offenders Required to Register: A person who has a reportable conviction or adjudication received on or after September 1, 1970, who is an extrajurisdictional registrant, or who is required to register as a condition of parole, release to mandatory supervision, or community supervision.
Information Collected: The person’s full name, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, eye color, hair color, social security number, driver’s license number, and shoe size; the address at which the person resides or intends to reside or, if the person does not reside or intend to reside at a physical address, a detailed description of each geographical location at which the person resides or intends to reside; each alias used by the person and any home, work, or cellular telephone number of the person;  a recent color photograph and a complete set of the person’s fingerprints;  the type of offense, the age of the victim, the date of judgment, and the punishment received; an indication as to whether the person is discharged, paroled, or released on juvenile probation, community supervision, or mandatory supervision; an indication of each license (business, occupational or professional) that is held or sought by the person;  an indication as to whether the person is or will be employed, carrying on a vocation, or a student at a particular public or private institution of higher education in this state or another state, and the name and address of that institution;  the identification of any online identifier established or used by the person; and any other information required by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Administrating Agency: Texas Department of Public Safety (Repository),  local law enforcement authorities (Registrars)
Timeframe for Registration: Not later than 7 days after arrival in the municipality or county of residence.
Applies to Out of State Offenders: Yes.
Duration of Requirement: Lifetime registration.  Offenses that do not require lifetime registration register until the 10th anniversary of the date of discharge from supervision.  Juveniles register for post-10 years.  Extrajurisdictional or persons required to register as a condition of supervision shall register for the length of duty required by statute.
Verification of Address:
  • Civilly Committed sex offenders – every 30 days.
  • Adult sex offenders with two or more offenses defined as sexually violent – every 90 days.
  • All other sex offenders – annually.
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
  • If requirement is based on a 10-year registration requirement – State jail felony.
  • If requirement is based on lifetime registration/annual verification requirement – third degree felony.
  • If requirement is based on lifetime registration/90-day verification – second degree felony.
  • If civilly committed – second degree felony.
  • Punishment is enhanced one level if offender has previously been convicted of non-compliance.
Access to Information: Registry data is public information (including the risk level and photograph of the offender) with the exception of certain information designated as non-public by statute. Postcard notification to community on registrants who are civilly committed or who are assessed as High Risk. Citizens may contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s online registry for a listing of reported registrants.
Confidentiality Provision: All other registration information required for law enforcement purposes is not released to the public. A registrant’s Social Security Number, phone numbers, driver’s license number, online identifiers, information required by the Texas Department of Public Safety, information regarding an employer’s name, address, or telephone number and information which would identify the victim is also non-public.
Number Registered: 87,991 active reported registrants as of 07/11/16
Percent Compliance: N/A
Internet Access:
https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/
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