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Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification- Iowa

On or after July 1, 1995, an individual who has been convicted or adjudicated of a criminal offense against a minor, sexual exploitation, or a sexually violent crime or who was on probation, parole, or work release status, or who was incarcerated on or after July 1, 1995 is required to register. Registration includes individuals that have received a deferred sentence or deferred judgments and can include convictions from other jurisdictions such as other states and/or federal convictions.

Information collected includes fingerprints, social security number, photograph, current address, telephone number and additional relevant information not including information identifying the victim.

Administrating Agency:

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation.

Contact Person:

Iowa Sex Offender Registry – Division of Criminal Investigation: Phone (515) 725 6050 or (515) 725 6046.

Timeframe for Registration:

An individual required by law to register with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry must report any change of address or telephone number within 5 days of the change for the entire registration period. When moving within the same county, the current county sheriff must be notified. When moving to a different county within the state of Iowa, the registrant must report a change of residence to both the sheriff of the county in which the residence has been established and to the sheriff of the county in which they were registered. Reporting a change of residence, name, or telephone number is also required when an individual moves out of the state of Iowa.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:

A willful failure to register as required by the Code of Iowa, Chapter 692A.7 is an aggravated misdemeanor (not to exceed 2 years imprisonment) for the first offense and a Class “D” felony (not to exceed 5 years imprisonment) for a second or subsequent offense. A person who willfully fails to register and commits a criminal offense against a minor, sexual exploitation or a sexually violent offense commits a Class “C” felony (not to exceed 10 years imprisonment). Failure to register can also result in an automatic revocation of probation, parole, or work release. Failure to cooperate with and complete the annual verification process may result in additional ten years of registration. The Iowa Sex Offender Registry is intended to serve as a deterrent and to protect the citizens of Iowa. Contact your local law enforcement officials immediately if you believe that a crime is or may be committed.


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