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Registration Procedures

When required to register, the offender receives the registration forms and instructions from the “originating agency.” The originating agency is the agency that informs the offender of the need to register as a “sex offender” or “offender against children.”

The registration forms contain instructions directing the offender to register in person with the law enforcement agency in the city or county where the offender will reside. The offender signs the acknowledgment portion of the registration form. The originating agency then sends copies of the registration form the offender has signed to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI enters the information into the registration database and forwards copies of the signed acknowledgement to the law enforcement agency at which the individual is expected to register.

The offender must register with the Chief of Police (city) or the County Sheriff (if outside the city or if the city does not have a police department) within three days of arriving in that city or county. The law enforcement agency fingerprints and photographs the offender, ensures a DNA sample has been taken, and then sends the completed registration form, fingerprint card, and photograph to the BCI.

If the BCI does not receive the offender’s completed registration forms within the time expected, the BCI will contact the local law enforcement agency so that efforts can be made to locate the offender as quickly as possible. The BCI maintains a master database of all persons registered in the state, and monitors that database for any violations of the registration statutes by offenders.

Offender Registration Information

The offender is required to provide all of the following applicable information, and to notify the law enforcement agency if there are any changes:

  • Residence address
  • Employer(s) address
  • School information
  • Motor Vehicle
  • E-mail address and Social Networking information

Changes to Offender Information

Reporting changes to registration information is the responsibility of the offender. If an offender moves within the city or county where that individual is already registered, the offender must notify that law enforcement agency at least ten days before the change of address.

If the offender intends to move to a new city, county, or state, the individual must complete a change of registration form with the agency where the individual is currently registered before the move, and must register again in the new city, county, or state not later than three days after moving.

The offender also must notify the registering law enforcement agency of any changes to employment, school, and other information within ten days of the change.

Violations of Registration Requirements

Failure to comply with the registration requirements or to notify law enforcement of any changes to registration information is a Class C-Felony, for which a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, a fine of $5,000, or both, may be imposed.

Public Access to Offender Registration Information

All registered sex offenders appear on the sex offender website but not all offenders are listed with photographs and full details. Offenders with a lifetime requirement for registration, those who have been deemed a high risk for re-offending, and delinquent offenders are shown with full details and photographs on the website. A printable list of all offenders in ND (including moderate and low risk offenders), can be downloaded for a particular city, county, or the entire state, from the sex offender website by clicking the "button" entitled "Printable List of All Offenders."

Offender information provided to the public includes the offender’s name, address, last date that address was verified, offense, sentence, conviction date, court, and the date the registration requirement expires. Additional information is provided for high risk offenders, those with a lifetime registration requirement, and delinquent offenders.

The information on the sex offender website is current and updated in real time as it is reported by local law enforcement agencies.

For more information see: Frequently Asked Questions