Texas Public Sex Offender Registry
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Welcome to The Texas Public Sex Offender Website
Texas Public Sex Offender Website
COVID-19 Impact Statement
Prompt, accurate responses to sex offender inquiries are critical to the Departments mission. In light of the coronavirus and its potential impact to the DPS services, plans and preparations are occurring to help ensure continued operations in case of drastically reduced workforce availability.
Although delayed response times for certain types of inquiries may occur, many sex offender inquires will proceed in a fully automated fashion. The DPS will keep you abreast of specific impacts to our services.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Sex Offender Bureau, at 512-424-2800.
DL/ID Renewal for Sex Offenders
At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott and in light of the governor’s State of Disaster Declaration related to COVID-19, DPS has been directed to extend the expiration date of Texas identification cards (ID), driver licenses (DL), commercial DLs (CDL) and election identification certificates (EIC) for the duration of the Governor’s declaration of State of Disaster and for 60 days after DPS provides further public notice that normal operations have resumed. Additionally, the department has been directed to close DL offices effective Thursday, March 19, until directed to reopen by the governor. These actions come as the state works to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing in communities.
During this period of DL office closures, some registered sex offenders will be unable to renew, update or apply for an annual renewable DL, CDL or ID card as required under Chapter 62, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Affected registrants should immediately notify their primary registration authority of their intent and inability to comply with this requirement and seek instructions from that local agency on how to proceed. These registrants are also advised to continue to monitor DPS sponsored publications related to any public notice on when DL offices are scheduled to reopen. Once offices are in operation, the registrant must appear at their local DL office and conduct any annual renewable DL/ID maintenance before the expiration of the extended expiration date or apply for the initial issuance of an annual renewable DL/ID.
Non-compliance with this registration requirement is assessed and determined by the primary registration authority for which the person is registered with. Any compliance-related questions are directed to that local agency’s sex offender registration office.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) implemented this website to allow for public access to sex offender registration (SOR) information within the State of Texas. This information is reported, collected, and disseminated pursuant to Chapter 62, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. The TxDPS is the designated repository of SOR information for the state. Offenders report to local criminal justice agencies which collect and submit registration information to the registry. The TxDPS does not separately confirm the accuracy of the reported information. Please report any errors on the registry to the local criminal justice agency that submitted the information to investigate and update the record if appropriate. By using this website, you agree to the caveats detailed below.
The Department of Public Safety has created a notification system that allows the public to subscribe to e-mail notifications regarding database changes relating to registered sex offenders. In order to utilize the subscription service, an account must first be created.
The Public Sex Offender Registry is available as a download for users wishing to do comparisons against their own systems, combine with other data, run statistics or otherwise perform operations not available thru the TxDPS Crime Records Service Public website.
Pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.402, the department by rule shall determine the minimum required registration period under federal law for each reportable conviction or adjudication under this chapter.
Pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.005, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) establishes this website as the official internet public access to the DPS sex offender registration computerized central database.
All information on individual registrants is based on registration information submitted by Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, or various local criminal justice agencies. DPS cannot guarantee the records obtained through this site relate to the person about whom information is sought. Searches based on names, dates of birth, or other alphanumeric identifiers are not always accurate. The only way to positively link an individual to a specific sex offender record is though fingerprint verification. However, if you feel there is an error on a sex offender registration record, please report this to the local law enforcement agency the sex offender has verified their information with. The verification agency is listed in the sex offender registration information.
All information provided through this website is open record. It may be used by anyone for any purpose. However, it is your responsibility to make sure the records you access through this site pertain to the person about whom you are seeking information. Extreme care should be exercised in using any information obtained from this website. Neither DPS nor the State of Texas shall be responsible for any errors or omissions produced by secondary dissemination of this information. The Texas Legislature mandates the following information regarding the offender not be public record: social security number, driver’s license number, telephone number, online identifiers, and any additional information required by DPS for law enforcement purposes.
Pursuant to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 62 and judicial orders, not all offenders are available on the public access sex offender database.
Anyone who uses any information on this website to injure, harass, or for any other unlawful purpose may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability.
The mapping component of the Sex Offender Registry was created as a supplemental tool for the public to use as a visual illustration of registered sex offenders’ addresses. Users should understand that not all registrants’ addresses can be mapped due to limitations of mapping software or due to the variances of the address data reported by local law enforcement to DPS. Users can click on the “Unmapped” category to view data for additional registrants within a given area.