The New York State Sex Offender Registry helps to protect families against sexual predators by making them aware of the location of former offenders. The law requires convicted sex offenders to register and this information is free and available to the public as well as to law enforcement agencies.
Sex Offenders Are Classified in the Following Ways
- Level one: The court has determined that there is a low risk that the offender will commit another sex crime. Level one offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years.
- Level two: The court has determined that there is a medium risk that the offender will commit another sex crime. Level two offenders are on the registry for life.
- Level three: The court has determined that there is a high risk that the offender will commit another sex crime. Level three offenders are on the registry for life.
To find out if someone is on the NYS Sex Offender Registry, you can conduct a free search online at the New York State Sex Offender Registry website. This registry is searchable by last name, or by ZIP code or by county. The public website only lists level two and level three offenders.
You may also call (800) 262-3257 for information on level one, or two or three offenders. You will need to know the offender's name and one of the following if you call the 800 number: the exact address or a date of birth or a driver’s license number, or a social security number.
For information on paroled sex offenders, you can also go to Parents for Megan's Law.
You may also call the National Megan's Law Helpline at (800) ASK-PFML.
Again, go to the website of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and choose one field to search the subdirectory by the last name, by county or by zip code. Then hit the "search" box to see if the person you are investigating is in this registry.
Please note that the Sex Offender Registry now posts multiple photos of these registered sex offenders as they become available. This can provide more information for New Yorkers to keep their families safe. In addition, the registry also lists aliases of these offenders. The DCJS cannot post information on Level 1 (low level) sex offenders or those with a pending risk level in your neighborhood. But the agency can advise if a particular individual is on this registry.