When required to register, the offender receives the registration forms and instructions from the “originating agency.” The originating agency is the agency that informs the offender of the need to register as a sex offender.

The registration forms contain instructions directing the offender to register in person with the law enforcement agency in the city or county where the offender will reside. The offender signs the acknowledgment portion of the registration form. The originating agency then sends copies of the registration form the offender has signed to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI enters the information into the registration database and forwards copies of the signed acknowledgement to the law enforcement agency at which the individual is expected to register.

The offender must register with the Chief of Police (city) or the County Sheriff (if outside the city or if the city does not have a police department) within three days of arriving in that city or county. The law enforcement agency fingerprints and photographs the offender, ensures a DNA sample has been taken, and then sends the completed registration form, fingerprint card, and photograph to the BCI.

If the BCI does not receive the offender’s completed registration forms within the time expected, the BCI will contact the local law enforcement agency so that efforts can be made to locate the offender as quickly as possible. The BCI maintains a master database of all persons registered in the state, and monitors that database for any violations of the registration statutes by offenders.

A homeless individual is required to register with the law enforcement agency in the area in which they are staying every three (3) days. “Homeless” includes an individual physically present in the state, but living in a park, under a bridge, on the streets, in a vehicle or camper, or who is otherwise without a traditional dwelling, and also one who resides in the state but does not maintain a permanent address. The term does not include individuals who are temporarily domiciled or individuals residing in public or private shelters that provide temporary living accommodations.

Offender Registration Information

The offender is required to provide all of the following applicable information, and to notify the law enforcement agency if there are any changes:

  • Residence address
  • Employer(s) address
  • School information
  • Motor Vehicle
  • E-mail address and Social Networking information

Early Childhood Services

An individual who has a requirement to register as a sex offender is prohibited from providing early childhood services (such as daycare) to any child, other than a child who is a member of that individual’s household, and any person who provides such early childhood services is prohibited from allowing a registered offender to be in the presence of a child receiving the services.  A violation of N.D.C.C. § 50-11.1-13.1 is a B-misdemeanor.

Changes to Offender Information

Reporting changes to registration information is the responsibility of the offender.

If an offender has a change in vehicle or computer online identity, the offender must register the change within three days.

If an offender has a change in name, school, or residence or employment address, the offender must register the change within three days.

An offender who is terminated from work or school must register the change within three days.

If the offender intends to move, become employed, or go to school in a new city, county, or state, the individual must complete a change of registration form with the agency where the individual is currently registered before the move, and must register again in the new city, county, or state not later than three days after moving, becoming employed, or going to school in the new location.

Violations of Registration Requirements

Failure to comply with the registration requirements or to notify law enforcement of any changes to registration information is a Class C-Felony, for which a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, a fine of $5,000, or both, may be imposed.

For more information see: Frequently Asked Questions