Megan’s Law for Washington

Megan’s Law for Washington


updated 1/12/8/2023

Contact Person: Sex/Kidnapping Offender Registration Team – (360) 534-2000
Offenders Required to Register: Any adult or juvenile residing whether or not the person has a fixed residence, or who is a student, is employed, or carries on a vocation in this state who has been found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense or kidnapping offense, or who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity under chapter 10.77 RCW of committing any sex offense or kidnapping offense.
Information Collected: Registrants full name, Last name, First name, and suffix (SR, JR, 111, etc.) address or, if the person lacks a fixed residence where he or she plans to stay, date and place of birth, place of employment, crime for which convicted, date and place of conviction, aliases used, social security number, photograph and fingerprints.
Administrating Agency: Washington State Patrol
Criminal History Records Section
P.O. Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633
Fax (360) 534-2072
Timeframe for Registration:
  • Within 24 hours of release, immediately if not confined;
  • within 3 days of establishing residency;
  • within 3 days of moving to a new county.
Applies to Out of State Offenders: Yes, and to those convicted under laws of foreign country, federal, tribal, or military statutes.
Duration of Requirement:
  • Life if Class A felony;
  • 15 years if Class B felony;
  • 10 years if Class C felony or gross misdemeanor.
Verification of Address: Annually for level 1, every ninety days for level II and III offenders.
Penalties for Non-Compliance: Refer to RCW 9A.44.132.
Access to Information:
  • Risk Level 1: Local law enforcement agencies shall share information with other appropriate law enforcement agencies and may disclose, upon request, relevant, necessary, and accurate information to any victim or witness to the offense, any individual community member who lives near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found, and any individual who requests information regarding a specific offender.
  • Risk Level 2: Local law enforcement may also disclose relevant, necessary and accurate information to public and private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers, public libraries, businesses and organizations that serve primarily children, women, or vulnerable adults, and neighbors and community groups near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found.
  • Risk Level 3: Local law enforcement may also disclose relevant, necessary, and accurate information to the public at large.

Non-compliant level I offenders, all transient offenders, all level II and III offenders are listed on a public website.

Confidentiality Provision: Conviction records may be disseminated without restriction.
Number Registered: 22,299 as of 2/7/2023
Percent Compliance: Not known.
Internet Access: Washington Sex Offender Registry