Sex Offender Registry Overview
DCJS maintains the Sex Offender Registry and provides information to the public, law enforcement agencies, businesses and other entities about individuals required to register as sex offenders in New York State.
The agency’s responsibilities are outlined in the Sex Offender Registration Act, which is the law that details the registration and risk level process, obligations of individuals required to register and other legal requirements.
The type of information available to the public depends on an individual’s risk level, which is decided by a judge after a court hearing. Risk level also determines how the public can access information about individuals required to register. There are three risk levels:
- Level 1: low risk of re-offense
- Level 2: medium risk of re-offense
- Level 3: high risk of re-offense
State law requires DCJS to maintain an online directory of individuals determined to have a Level 2 or 3 risk of re-offense.
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State law requires DCJS to operate a toll-free telephone number to provide information about individuals
determined to have a Level 1 risk of re-offense or those whose risk level has not yet been set by a judge.
Address information about these individuals is limited to zip code and they are not required to report
Individuals who call 800-262-3257 must have an individual’s name and one identifier: an exact address, date of birth, driver's license number or a Social Security number to find out if the person is registered as a sex offender in New York.
Information available to the public about all individuals required to register includes, but is not limited, to:
- Residence address(es);
- Current crime(s) of conviction requiring registration;
- Prior crime(s) of conviction requiring registration;
- Multiple photographs, if available;
- Vehicle(s) make, model and license plate number; and
- Conditions of parole or probation supervision, if applicable.
Registry staff are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
Registry Search Requests: 518-457-5837 or 800-262-3257
Mailing Address: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Sex Offender Registry, 10th Floor, 80 South Swan St., Albany, N.Y. 12210
Child Sexual Predators: The Familiar Stranger
This statutorily required video is designed to educate parents on the topic of sexual abuse. It includes interviews with individuals convicted of sex offenses against children; interviews with three survivors of childhood sexual abuse; and a demonstration by an FBI Special Agent who details the dangers of online chat rooms.