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Registering as a Sex Offender

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If a person is convicted or cautioned in relation to a specific sexual offence or has committed a sexual offence but been found not guilty due to insanity or disability, they will become a subject of the Sex Offenders Register.

What are the requirements?

A person who has become a subject of the Sex Offenders Register is required by law to notify the police of the following details:

  • Current name/ aliases being used
  • Date of birth
  • Home address - their main residence or any premises in the UK where they can be regularly found.

This notification should be made within three days of the caution, conviction or finding; or within three days of their release from custody or any other form of detention.

The person must also notify the police:

  • of any change to the name and address already registered, within three days of the change
  • of any address where they reside or stay for seven days or longer
  • of any intended foreign travel no less than seven days prior to departure
  • if they have remained for at least 12 hours at a household or other private place where an under 18 year old stays
  • of passport, credit card and bank account details as well as their national insurance number each time they make a notification

Important: To make a notification as a registered sex offender you must visit a prescribed police station. For a list of stations go to the Avon and  Somerset prescribed police stations page.

Annual Notification

At least once every 12 months, sex offenders must confirm that their notified details are correct.

  • The period of 12 months begins immediately following the last notification to the police. 
  • If a person is outside the UK, in prison or detained in a hospital on that date they must confirm their details within three days of their return/release.