This article will help you:
- Understand what happens in a Sex Offender Registry Search
- Determine why a candidate may or may not appear on a Sex Offender search
A registered sex offender is a person who has been convicted of a sex crime and is required to register in their county of residence as sex offender as part of their sentence. Sex offender registries generally include the offender's address, physical appearance, and crimes for which they are required to register. All 50 states require individuals convicted of certain sex crimes to register for a defined period of time. Those convicted of more violent crimes are typically required to remain registered for longer periods. While registered, sex offenders must update their address each time they move.
A sex offender registry search can quickly identify if someone is a risk to a vulnerable population and the general public, including employees and customers. Almost all sex offenses may be considered job-relevant when individually assessing someone’s suitability for employment, which is in compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance.
Checkr offers an instant, nationwide search of all 50 states and the District of Columbia’s sex offender registries. The search results include the type(s) of offenses that occurred and personal identifiers, such as date of birth (DOB). Additionally, Checkr confirms results using the national and state registries, including the National Sex Offender Database (NSOPW).
Note: Some states categorize their sex offender registry information by level and do not allow the reporting of low-level sex offenders.
To be a registered sex offender, a person must:
- be convicted of a sex crime(s)
- be required to register as a sex offender in their state/county of residence as part of their sentencing.
- register as a sex offender, usually through the Sheriff’s department in their home county.
Despite being a criminal offense not to register when required to do so as part of sentencing, many sex offenders fail to register. Thus, a significant percentage of offenders in each state are not included in the registry and cannot be guaranteed to be free of a sex offender conviction.