The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) is provided as a public service by the Department of Justice (DOJ). You may use this website to learn about the possible presence of sex offenders in your local community. For additional information, please view their answers to frequently asked questions.
Megan’s Law (.PDF document) allows states to disclose public information about convicted sex offenders. Each state may define the types of sex offenders who are required to register and regularly report to law enforcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provides a list of state sex offender registry websites.
Because laws about how to register vary by state, sex offenders should contact a local law enforcement agency for this information. Also, some states require sex offenders to register with local law enforcement even if they are only visiting.
For additional resources, please visit the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division. If you require additional information or assistance, you may wish to contact an FBI field office in your area.
National Sex Offender Public Website
The National/State Sex Offender Public Website—coordinated by the Department of Justice—enables every citizen to search the latest information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the identity and location of known sex offenders.
To run a search: Enter the site, select the “I agree” button under Conditions of Use, fill out the Search form, and select “Search.”
You can also search registry websites maintained by individual states by following the links below. Note: the information contained in the national registry and the state registries is identical; the national registry simply enables a search across multiple states.
For more information:
Visit the background on The National/State Sex Offender Public Website for details on our role in developing and maintaining the registry.