Verification of MN Sex Offender Registration Information

Verification of Information

In most cases, the BCA must mail a verification form to the individual’s last reported primary address once each year, within 30 days of the anniversary date of the person’s initial registration. However, the BCA must send out the form four times per year for those offenders who are required to register due to court commitment as a sexually dangerous person or sexual psychopathic personality and twice per year for level III offenders who are no longer under correctional supervision for a registration offense or failure to register offense. If the individual does not have a primary address, the BCA must send the verification form to the law enforcement authority where the offender most recently reported, and the authority must give the form to him or her at the next weekly meeting and ensure that it is completed, signed, and returned to the BCA.

The verification form must inform the offender that, if the form is not returned as required, information about the offender may be made available to the public. If the person has not signed a consent form for release of information by a treatment facility, such a form must be sent to the offender with the verification form. The person must mail the signed verification form back to the BCA within ten days after receipt of the form, stating on the form his or her current and last address. If applicable, the offender also must sign and return the consent form. If a level III offender fails to return the verification form within ten days, the BCA and local law enforcement authority will immediately investigate the person’s location. The BCA must also immediately give notice of the person’s violation to the law enforcement authority having jurisdiction over the person’s last registered address(es).

Additionally, level II and III offenders who are no longer under correctional supervision for a registration offense, or a failure to register offense, and who reside, work, or attend school in Minnesota, must have an annual in-person contact with a law enforcement authority. The person must report to the authority during the month of their birth date to verify the accuracy of the registration information and to be photographed. Minn. Stat. § 243.166, subd. 4.

CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.