Sex Offender Registration

The requirement to register:

Any adult or juvenile residing in this state who has been found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense shall register with the county sheriff for the county of the person's residence within 24 hours of release from custody or immediately after sentencing if not in custody.

The person shall provide the county sheriff with the following information when registering: (a) name; (b) address; (c) date and place of birth; (d) place of employment; (e) crime for which convicted; (f) date and place of conviction; (g) aliases used; and (h) social security number. The person is also obligated to notify the county sheriff of any address changes within ten days. Failure to comply with the registration law is a new criminal offense.

The duty to register expires as follows:

No expiration for a person convicted of a class A felony, or a person convicted of any sex offense or kidnaping offense who has one or more prior convictions for a sex offense or kidnaping offense.

For a person convicted of a class B felony, and the person does not have one or more prior convictions for a sex offense or kidnaping offense: Fifteen years after the last date of release from confinement, if any, (including full-time residential treatment) pursuant to the conviction, or entry of the judgment and sentence, if the person has spent fifteen consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any new offenses.

For a person convicted of a class C felony, a violation of RCW 9.68A.090 or 9A.44.096, or an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit a class C felony, and the person does not have one or more prior convictions for a sex offense or kidnaping offense: Ten years after the last date of release from confinement, if any, (including full-time residential treatment) pursuant to the conviction, or entry of the judgment and sentence, if the person has spent ten consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any new offenses.

Any person having a duty to register under RCW 9A.44.130 may petition the superior court to be relieved of that duty, if the person has spent ten consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any new offenses.

Classification

The county sheriff determines the level of importance of each registration from level 1 to level 3. Level 3 is the most serious offender. The sheriff determines the level as follows:

Level 1 criteria

  • Non-violent offense
  • Committed within family unit

Level 2 criteria

  • Offense occurs outside of family, or
  • Commission of multiple offenses or
  • Violent offense in or outside of family

Level 3 Criteria

  • Predatory crime or
  • Multiple violent (forcible) crimes or
  • Diagnosis as predatory or likely to re-offend

Based on seriousness level, the county sheriff notifies the public as follows:

Level 1

  • Registration with police agencies only
  • Notification to law enforcement agencies

Level 2

  • Flyers are delivered to immediate neighborhood of offender
  • Schools and police agencies are notified

Level 3

  • Same as Level 2, but newspaper is notified