How Do Sex Offender Registry Forms Vary By State?
How do sex offender registry forms vary by state? Before heading to my local sheriff’s office to registry for the year, I looked at four states with vastly different required information for registrants. From internet identifiers to boat/RV licenses, every state has its own laws pertaining to sex offender registration. And with laws changing frequently, it’s a challenge to keep up with the new state statutes.
Let’s take a look at sex offender registry forms from Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts.
Well, it’s that time of the year again. Time for me to head down to the Sheriff’s Office and register… do my yearly update. It’s not that big of a deal at least for me where I live. But it really depends because I was looking at the form that I have to fill out here in my state and then I started looking at other other states’ forms and they’re all different. Definitely the states are not united when it comes to the sex offender registry. We’ve got different forms. We’ve got different things that are needed. So I started thinking I gotta go to a few states here. I want to show you the difference is in the states on what registrants have to fill out on these forms. Let’s take a look.
Okay. So let’s take a look. I’ve got four different states here. Let’s take a look at Colorado sex offender registration form. I’m telling you Colorado has got four pages. This is insane. You’ve got the typical information here and what’s weird is international travel information, passport. I’m not familiar with this actually. Again, every state is different and I’m just going off of course my experience in my state. And then we’ve got the electronic communication identifiers, which is not needed in every state. But Colorado has that. I’m not going to go through this whole form, but you can get an idea that this is what It takes. Sometimes you have to register twice a year, sometimes you have to register, I don’t know every quarter. Vehicle information, boat information I’ve never seen that. Emergency contact and then my gosh,it finally ends after four pages.
Let’s move on to Massachusetts. One page from Massachusetts. Okay. I am looking through here and the basic information talks about your homeless, vehicle, mobile home, institution of higher learning and boom. That’s it. That seems to be pretty simple.
The next one is Virginia. They have a lot of areas for your fingerprints. Okay. That’s one thing that I’ve noticed. Again the basic information. Here, where you live, if you’re still on probation or parole. And then we go to the second page and vehicle information. Now, here’s another electronic unique identifiers, mail address, instant messages, chat or internet communications. I mean for me where I live I luckily don’t have to give this information at this point. But I’m sorry, but this would not fit all my stuff. It would take pages because I’m very active online. Luckily, I’m not on probation or parole. So, and then we’ve got convictions here at the bottom. That would be what state. That was Virginia. That’s not too bad.
Okay. So this last state is very simple. Obviously, I can’t go through all 50 states. Oklahoma… tattoos, emergency contact, offender address vehicle information. Not that exciting. Conviction of sex crimes incarceration or hospitalizations pertaining to above offenses. Hmm. Passport and immigration document and professional licensing information. I don’t think we saw that on the other states. So really the my point here is every state is so different in their sex offender registration forms.
Okay, so you would think with all this information that you got to put down all these addresses, all this information, all this stuff, that it would be accurate. Well, some of it is but a lot of it is inaccurate on the registry, so that’s a huge problem. But that gives you an idea of how different it is depending on the state that you live in
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