Laws

You can click on each of the states below to follow a link to the laws governing the duration of registration for adult sex offenders. As I was compiling this list, I came across Megan’s Law on Klaas Kids website. They have the most up to date information on the laws as they are amended. It is important to know that I do not have any legal expertise. All of this information was simply compiled from google searches. If there are any edits that need to be made, please leave a comment and let me know.  

Alabamalifetime registration, may petition for relief from employment restrictions

Alaska: lifetime registration for recidivists/aggravated offenders, 15 years for others; early termination only available upon reversal of conviction

Arizona: lifetime registration or 10 years depending on offense/recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination

Arkansaslifetime registration for a sexually violent predator, or if convicted of an aggravated sex offense or multiple offenses; 15 years for others; less serious offenders may petition court for relief 15 years after release from incarceration

Californialifetime registration; adults may petition the court for a “Certificate of Rehabilitation” in some cases or a full Governor’s Pardon in most cases

Coloradolifetime registration; adults may petition the court for relief after 20/10/5 years (from date of discharge DOC) depending on the offense, or upon successful completion of deferred adjudication 

Connecticutlifetime registration or 10 years depending on offense, sexually violent predator status, recidivist status; full pardon “erases” conviction and relieves all legal disabilities, though no authority directly on point, no other provision for early termination

Delawarelifetime registration for tier III/recidivists, 25 years for tier II, 15 years for tier I; tier II/III misdemeanor offenders where victim was not under 13 (if offender was 18 or older at time of commission) may petition for relief immediately; tier I offenders may petition for relief 10 years from last day of Level IV/V sentence, or from the date of sentencing if no IV/V sentence imposed; tier II/III offenders may petition for redesignation and eventually reach a tier I designation, though certain waiting periods and eligibility criteria apply

Floridalifetime registration; may petition for relief 25 years after release for less serious offenses; the state attorney in the circuit in which the petition is filed must be given notice of the petition at least 3 weeks before the hearing

Georgialifetime registration; certain less violent offenses: may petition court for relief from registration, residency and employment restriction 10 years after completion of sentence; such offenders with level I risk may petition for relief at any time; non-sexual kidnapping of a minor may petition for relief immediately; physically incapacitated registrants those in a nursing home or permanently disabled may petition for relief immediately

Hawaiilifetime registration; any offender may petition court for relief after 40 years (from later of date of sentencing/release), certain tier II offenders may petition after 25 years, certain tier I offenders after 10 years

Idaholifetime registration; may petition court for full relief after 10 years if not an aggravated offender/violent sexual predator; may petition for relief from bars on employment with child care facility/proximity to facility after 10 years; pardon for violent and sex crimes available 5 years after completion of sentence 

Illinoislifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination

Indianalifetime registration or 10 years (from later of release from incarceration/placement on community supervision), depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination

Iowalifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; tier I offenders may petition for modification of registration requirements after 2 years, tiers II and III after 5 years 

Kansaslifetime registration or 25 years or 15 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; no person required to register as an offender pursuant to the Kansas offender registration act shall be granted an order relieving the offender of further registration under this act; expungement relieves public registration obligation only 

Kentuckylifetime registration or 20 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; registration terminates upon completion of pretrial diversion/deferred adjudication 

Louisianalifetime registration or 25 years or 15 years depending on offense; 15 year registration may be reduced to 10 years upon petition, no provision for reducing 25 year registration requirement for sexual misconduct with a minor

Mainelifetime registration for tier III/recidivists, 25 years for tier II, 10 years for tier I; registration not required for charge dismissed following completion of deferred disposition

Marylandlifetime registration (tier III offender), 25 years from release/placement on conditional sentence (tier II offender), 15 years (tier I offender); registration period of tier I offender may be reduced to 10 years upon petition after 10 years

Massachusettslifetime registration or 20 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status, recidivist status; 20 year registrants may petition for termination after 10 years 

Michiganlifetime registration (tier III offender), 25 years (tier II offender), 15 years (tier I offender); tier I registrants may petition for relief after 10 years, tier III offenders after 25 years

Minnesotalifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status, recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination

Mississippilifetime registration; tier I offenders may petition for relief after 15 years, tier II after 25 years; relief not available for certain offenses against persons younger than 15

Missourilifetime registration; certain non-violent offenders may petition for relief after 10 years

Montanalifetime registration; less serious level 1 sex offenders may petition court for relief after 10 years, level 2 offenders after 25 years, not available for sexually violent predators

Nebraskalifetime registration or 25 years or 15 years, depending on offense/recidivist status; 15 year period may be reduced to 10 years upon petition after 10 years

Nevadalifetime registration (tier III offender), 25 years (tier II), 15 years (tier I); tier I offender may petition for 5 year reduction of term after 10 years

New Hampshirelifetime registration (tier II/III offender), 10 years from later of conviction/release (tier I); tier II offender may petition for relief after 15 years, tier I offenders after 5 years

New Jerseylifetime registration; may petition for relief 15 years from later of conviction/release, certain offenders ineligible

New Mexicolifetime registration or 10 years (from later of release/placement on supervision), depending on offense/recidivist status; registration is required while under deferred sentence, but not after a conditional discharge, no provision for early termination

New Yorklifetime registration (level 2/3/sexual predator/violent/predicate offender), 20 years from later of date of conviction/release from custody (level 1); level 2 offenders not designated sexual predators/sexually violent offenders/predicate sex offenders may petition for termination after 30 years, level 2/3 offenders may petition for reclassification to a lower level, pardon relieves registration obligations, 

North Carolinalifetime registration or 30 years (from later of conviction/release from custody), depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; 30 year registrants may petition for termination after 10 years 

North Dakotalifetime registration or 25 years or 15 years, depending on offense/risk classification/recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination

Ohiolifetime registration (tier III), 25 years (tier II), 15 years (tier I); tier I offender may petition for termination after 10 years

Oklahomalifetime registration (level 3/habitual/aggravated offender), 25 years (level 2), 15 years (level 1); level 1 offenders may petition for termination after 10 arrest and conviction-free years

Oregonlifetime registration; misdemeanor/class C felony offenders may petition court for relief 10 years after termination of supervision/probation, not available for predatory sex offenders; level 1 offender may petition for relief after 5 years at level 1 classification; may petition for reclassification of offense level after 10 years

Pennsylvanialifetime registration (tier III/sexually violent offender/juvenile offender*), 25 years (tier II), 15 years (tier I); no early termination of registration requirements available for adult offenses

Rhode Islandlifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; no specific provision for early termination; tier II/III offenders subject to community notification may seek review of assessed notification level/manner of notification ordered

South Carolinalifetime registration; no provision for early termination 

South Dakotalifetime registration; certain tier II offenders convicted of incest/bestiality may petition for removal after 25 years; offenders of any tier may petition for exemption from community safety zone restrictions, only after 10 years, not available for offense against child under 13

Tennesseelifetime registration; non-violent offenders may petition for termination after 10 years if victim was not 12 or younger

Texaslifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense; may petition for early termination after completion of minimum federal registration period

Utahlifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/recidivist status; 10 year registrants convicted of less serious offenses may petition for relief after 5 years 

Vermontlifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/recidivist status/offender designation; registration obligation terminates after completion of deferred sentence agreement

Virginialifetime registration; certain registrants may petition for termination after 15/25 years (from later of conviction/release), depending on offense; offenders with a qualifying physical disability (including those ineligible to petition after 15/25 years) may petition for termination at any time, obligation to register may be reinstated if the disability no longer exists

Washingtonlifetime registration or 15 years or 10 years (from later of conviction/release), depending on offense/recidivist status; may petition for full relief after 10 years, relief from registration is not available for sexually violent predators/certain class A felonies; may petition for termination of notification requirements only after 15 years without a subsequent disqualifying conviction

Washington D.C.lifetime registration for class A offenders, 10 years for all others

West Virginia: lifetime registration or 10 years, depending on offense/sexually violent predator status/recidivist status; no provision for early termination of registration requirements 

Wisconsinlifetime registration of 15 years, depending on offense/recidivist status/sexually violent predator status/court order; no provision for relief from lifetime registration if mandated by certain code; some may petition for termination of supervision after 15 years 

Wyominglifetime registration; may petition for relief after 25/10 years for less serious offense

 

 

 

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