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Alachua County Social Services Program 218 SE 24th Street Gainesville, FL 32641 (352) 264-6750
Emergency Financial Assistance



Orange County Sheriff's Office
Central Operations Complex
2500 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804

Monday through Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm
Closed on Holidays

  • A sexual predator is an individual who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense as defined in Florida Statute 775.21 (which may include offenses from another jurisdiction) AND has a written court order designating the individual a sexual predator; OR
  • An individual who is civilly committed under the Florida Jimmy Ryce Sexually Violent Predator Act AND has a written court order designating the individual as a sexual predator.

Registrants are required to report to their local sheriff's office (for a list of locations click here (Spanish Version)) and provide information including but not limited to:

  1. Name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Social security number
  4. Race
  5. Sex
  6. Height and weight
  7. Hair and eye color
  8. Tattoos or other identifying marks
  9. Fingerprints
  10. Palm prints
  11. Photograph
  12. Occupation and place of employment
  13. Residential address(es) including transient (i.e. homeless)
  14. Vehicle information
  15. All home telephone numbers and cellular telephone numbers
  16. All electronic mail addresses, Internet identifier's, and each Internet identifier's corresponding website homepage or application software name.
  17. Conviction information
  18. Passport information
  19. Immigration status/documentation
  20. Professional license information
Note: This information is a public record unless exempt or confidential pursuant to Chapter 119, F.S.
  • Sexual offenders must complete a registration form at their county sheriff's office either twice a year (birth month and every 6th month thereafter) or four times a year (birth month and every 3rd month thereafter) depending upon their offense. For a list of qualifying offenses for quarterly registration (four times a year) please refer to Florida Statute 943.0435(14)(b).
  • All sexual predators, some sexual offenders, and all juvenile sexual offenders must report four times a year (birth month and every 3rd month thereafter).
  • Sexual offenders/predators must update their driver license or identification card within 48 hours after any change to their residence (permanent, temporary or transient) or name.
  • Sexual offenders/predators MUST maintain registration for the duration of their life.
  • All qualifying sexual offenders, sexual predators, and juvenile sexual offenders will be listed on the public registry website.
Note: this is a partial list of responsibilities; please refer to Florida Statutes 775.21 and 943.0435 for a complete listing of registration obligations.

The public registry website is updated on a "real-time," continuous basis as new information is received from FDLE's criminal justice partner agencies.

A juvenile sexual offender is required to register in Florida if he or she:

  • Has been convicted as an adult for a qualifying sexual offense and meets the criteria in Florida Statute 943.0435 or 775.21 to register as an adult sexual offender or predator; OR
  • Was adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 2007 for a qualifying sexual offense in this state or a similar offense in another jurisdiction when he or she was 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense (F.S. 943.0435(1)(a)1.d).

  • Yes, if an offender or predator is visiting Florida from another state, he or she must report in person to the sheriff's office within 48 hours of establishing a temporary residence in Florida. He or she is required to report within 48 hours from the time of his or her registration with the sheriff's office to report in person to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) with a copy of the completed sexual offender/predator registration form to obtain a valid Florida identification card or driver's license. Failure to comply with these registration requirements as provided by Florida Statute is a felony of the 3rd degree.
  • Yes, federal and state laws require sexual offenders/predators to register in all jurisdictions in which they live, work, or go to school. Sexual offenders/predators who are required to register with a temporary address in Florida are subject to all Florida registration laws while the offender/predator is residing within the state, including being listed on the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Public Registry website.

NOTE: A Sexual offender/predator's information is not removed from the registry's public website when the sexual offender/predator leaves the state of Florida.

NOTE: Removal from another state's registration requirement does not guarantee removal from the requirement to register in Florida.

  • A sexual offender/predator planning to travel to other states within the U.S. must report in person to the sheriff of the county where he or she currently resides in Florida within 48 hours before the date he or she intends to leave Florida; OR
  • If the intended destination is outside of the U.S., he or she must report in person to the sheriff of the county where he or she currently resides in Florida at least 21 days before the date he or she intends to travel; AND
  • Must provide to the sheriff the address, municipality, county, state, and country of the intended residence, and for international travel, a sexual offender/predator must also provide travel information, including expected departure and return dates, flight number, airport of departure, cruise port of departure, or any other means of intended travel.
  • Any travel that is not known (unexpected) by the sexual offender/predator within 48 hours (within the U.S.) or 21 days before departure (international travel), MUST be reported to the sheriff's office as soon as possible before departure.

Failure of a sexual offender/predator to register as required by law is a third Degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison

Florida Registration And Related Sex Offender Laws

The following reflect Florida registration and related laws as of 2021.

  • 775.21 The Florida Sexual Predators Act.
  • 775.24 Duty of the court to uphold laws governing sexual predators and sexual offenders.
  • 775.25 Prosecutions for acts or omissions.
  • 943.043 Toll-free telephone number; Internet notification; sexual predator and sexual offender information.
  • 943.0435 Sexual offenders required to register with the department; penalty.
  • 943.04353 Triennial study of sexual predator and sexual offender registration and notification procedures.
  • 943.04354 The removal of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator in special circumstances.
  • 943.0436 Duty of the court to uphold laws governing sexual predators and sexual offenders.
  • 943.44353 Automatic notification of registration information regarding sexual predators and offenders.
  • 944.606 Sexual offenders; notification upon release.
  • 944.607 Notification to Department of Law Enforcement of information on sexual offenders.
  • 985.481 Sexual offenders adjudicated delinquent; notification upon release.
  • 985.4815 Notification to Department of Law Enforcement of information on juvenile sexual offenders.

    • 394.910 - 394.932 Involuntary civil commitment of sexual violent predators.
    • 775.215 Residency restriction for persons convicted of certain sex offenses.
    • 856.022 Loitering or prowling by certain offenders in close proximity to children; penalty.
    • 943.0437 Commercial social networking websites.
    • 943.0438 Athletic coaches for independent sanction authorities.
    • 943.0515 Retention of criminal history records of minors.
    • 943.04351 Search of registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders required prior to appointment or employment.
    • 943.04352 Search of registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders required when placement on misdemeanor probation.
    • 947.1405 Conditional release program.
    • 948.30 Additional terms and conditions of probation or community control for certain sex offenses.

Listed below are the criminal offenses proscribed in Florida registration statutes for which registration is required in addition to similar offenses or registration requirements in another jurisdiction. See registration statutes for complete criteria for registration:

  • 393.135(2) Sexual misconduct prohibited; reporting required; penalties.
  • 394.4593(2) Sexual misconduct prohibited; reporting required; penalties.
  • 787.01 Kidnapping; kidnapping of child under age 13, aggravating circumstances (where the victim is a minor).
  • 787.02 False imprisonment; false imprisonment of child under age 13, aggravating circumstances (where the victim is a minor).
  • 787.025(2)(c) Luring or enticing a child (where the victim is a minor).
  • 787.06(3)(b), (d), (f), or (g) Human trafficking.
  • former s. 787.06(3)(h) Human trafficking.
  • 794.011 Sexual battery, excluding 794.011(10).
  • 794.05 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.
  • former 796.03 Procuring person under age of 18 for prostitution.
  • former 796.035 Selling or buying of minors into sex trafficking or prostitution; penalties.
  • 800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age.
  • 810.145(8) Video voyeurism.
  • 825.1025 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of an elderly person or disabled person.
  • 827.071 Sexual performance by a child; penalties.
  • 847.0133 Protection of minors; prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity; penalty.
  • 847.0135 Computer pornography; penalties, excluding 847.0135(6).
  • 847.0137 Transmission of pornography by electronic device or equipment prohibited; penalties.
  • 847.0138 Transmission of material harmful to minors to a minor by electronic device or equipment prohibited; penalties.
  • 847.0145 Selling or buying of minors; penalties.
  • 895.03 Offenses concerning racketeering and illegal debts (where the court makes a written finding that the racketeering activity involved at least one sexual offense in this list).
  • 916.1075(2) Sexual misconduct prohibited; reporting required; penalties.
  • 985.701(1) Sexual misconduct prohibited; reporting required; penalties.

The database contains Florida warrant information as reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by law enforcement agencies throughout the state and authorized for release to the public. FDLE and the reporting agencies strongly recommend that no citizen take any individual action based on this information. This information is not to be used as a confirmation that any warrant is active, or as probable cause for an arrest. Information contained herein should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. FDLE cannot represent that this information is current, active, or complete. You should verify that a warrant is active with your local law enforcement agency or with the reporting agency. [Wanted persons may use false identification, which could cause the warrant to contain a name, date of birth, or other information not belonging to the subject of the warrant. Such false information may or may not be designated as an alias on the warrant.]

Wanted Persons Search

National Sex Offender Rules & Laws

The "National 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, Puerto Rico, Guam, and numerous Indian tribes 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.”

The Lychner Act required the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to track the whereabouts and movements of certain convicted sex offenders under Title 42 of the United States Code Section 14072. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) run by the FBI enables the NSOR to retain the offender’s current registered address and dates of registration, conviction, and residence.

The Lychner Act imposed two major obligations on the FBI that became effective October 3, 1997:
  1. To establish a national database that tracks the location and movements of each person who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, or is a sexually violent predator.
  2. To register and verify the addresses of sex offenders who reside in states without a “minimally sufficient” sex offender registry (SOR) program. Today, all 50 states have minimally sufficient SOR programs.
Under the Act, the FBI may release relevant information to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies for law enforcement purposes only. Public notification will only be made if it is necessary to protect the public. However, the Act specifically states that in no case shall the FBI release the identity of any victim of an offense that required registration of a sex offender. The legislation also made it a criminal offense for a registered sex offender to move to another state and knowingly fail to notify the FBI and authorities in the new state. Notification to the FBI and state authorities must be made within 10 days upon moving to a new state and/or establishing residence following release from prison or placed on parole, supervised release, or probation. Upon release, each sex offender is notified of their lawful duty to register with the FBI and appropriate local authorities.

The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children & Sexualy Violent Offender Registration Program enacted in 1994, provides a financial incentive for states to establish registration programs for persons who have been convicted of certain sex crimes.

Megan's Law enacted in May 1996, amended the Wetterling Program legislation to give states broad discretion to determine to whom notification should be made about offenders, under what circumstances, and about which offenders.

The SMART Initiative
The SMART Office was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was signed into law on July 27, 2006. The SMART Office provides jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, and provides technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification and management of sex offenders.

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) serves a unique and critical function in the enforcement of federal laws protecting children from exploitation and prohibiting the distribution of obscenity.

Citizen's Guide to U.S. Federal Child Exploitation & Obscenity Laws