The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) requires anyone on parole or probation or imprisoned for a sex offense on January 21, 1996, to register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. In addition, sex offenders sentenced to probation, local jail, or state prison after that date must register upon their return to the community. The law is amended periodically by the New York State Legislature to add additional registerable offenses. Also, an updated list registerable offenses can be found on the Division of Criminal Justice Services website at http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/sortab1.htm.
Offenders convicted in other jurisdictions (e.g., federal , military, or another state or country) must register if they are convicted of an offense which includes the essential elements of a New York State offense which requires registration; or they are convicted of a felony in another jurisdiction which requires registration as a sex offender in that jurisdiction; or they are convicted of 18 U.S.C.A.§§ 2251 (sexual exploitation of children);§ 2251A (selling or buying of children); §2252 (certain materials related to the sexual exploitation of children); §2252A (certain activities relating to or containing child pornography) or § 2260 ( production of sexually explicit depictions of minors for importation into the United States); § 2422(b) (coercion and enticement); § 2423 (transportation of minors) or § 2425 (use of interstate facilities to transmit information). Offenders convicted in other jurisdictions that reside in New York State are required to notify the Division of Criminal Justice Services (Division) within 10 days of establishing residence in New York and the Division shall notify the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders which will determine whether registration is required.
Information collected includes name, aliases, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, eye color, address, drivers license number, photograph, fingerprints, crime of conviction, description of offense, date of conviction, type of victim targeted, modus operandi, sentence imposed, internet accounts and internet screen names, name and address of employer (level 3 offenders only), name and address of any institution of higher education at which offender is, or expects to be, enrolled, attending, employed, or residing, any special conditions of supervision, other pertinent information.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (518)457-3167.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Timeframe for Registration:
Upon release to the community and no later than ten days after a change of address.
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
The failure to register is a crime. A first conviction is punishable as a class E felony; a subsequent conviction is punishable as a class D felony. Non- compliance may be basis for revocation of parole and probation.
Class B misdemeanor for unauthorized release of information.