Sex Offender Registry Accessible Online

Citizens will be able to search the latest information for the identity and location of known sex offenders across state borders. The registry is a vital tool in our effort to fight violent crime.

Here's how it works.

Log on to the Web site Agree to the conditions of use. Users can then search by a specific name either in just one state or multiple states or can search by city or zip code. The registered sex offenders in the searched area will come up with a complete profile, including the offender’s conviction.

There are more than a half million registered sex offenders in the country, and while the federal government has linked offender sites, each state is responsible for maintaining the information.

There have been some high profile cases where sex offenders haven't registered and neighborhoods unaware an offender was in their area. There is no estimate of how many offenders are not accounted for on lists.