Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sex Offender Registry - Community Information

As of October 1, 2010, the laws governing the Maryland Sex Offender Registry changed to reflect those standards set by the 2007 federal Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act which is contained in the Adam Walsh Act. Categories changed from that of a Child Sex Offender, Sexually Violent Offender, Offender and Sexually Violent Predator to a three tier system. The previous categories do not directly correlate with the new categories of Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.

Among other changes, the new registry laws will increase registrations for most offenders from a semi-annual to quarterly registrations and homeless offenders will be required to register weekly.


To access the Sex Offender Registry go to:
The Maryland State Sex Offender Registry website offers several methods of searching for registered sex offenders, including a mapping system to find offenders within a specified distance from any address. Offender information, including a photograph and address is posted on the website.

The National Sex Offender Registry website can be reached at:

Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line – 1-866-559-8017
Register your phone number and zip code and you will receive an automated notification call when an offender moves into your zip code.
Register on the web to be notified by e-mail, telephone or fax when a registered sex offender moves into your zip code area. From the web site, click on “MD” and follow instructions for registration.