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Texas Sex Offender Registry Requirements

Since 1991, Texas has had some form of sex offender registry. This article provides a basic overview of when someone is required to register and the information he or she must provide, but anyone who may be required to register should contact a criminal defense attorney to ensure he or she is complying with current laws, as they are frequently a matter of legislative attention.

Who Must Register?

Across the nation, people convicted of a sex offense are often required to provide their information to local law enforcement agencies to be included in an online database. In Texas, someone may be required to register as a sex offender if he or she has a conviction or adjudication for certain offenses, including:

  • Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
  • Prohibited sexual conduct
  • Indecency with a child or sexual abuse of a child
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Online solicitation of a minor
  • Compelling prostitution
  • Aggravated kidnapping

What Information Must Be Provided?

An individual required to participate in the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program must provide a significant amount of personal information to his or her local law enforcement agency. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, this information includes the following:

  • Full name and aliases
  • Birth date
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Height and weight
  • Physical description including eye and hair color
  • Shoe size
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Home address or area of residence
  • Home, work and cellphone numbers
  • Color photograph
  • Fingerprints
  • Conviction and victim information
  • Employment or educational status

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