Allison Gilford, SORU Supervisor: 410-585-3649
Main SORU Telephone Line: 410-585-3600
|Who Must Register?||
Individuals convicted as an adult by a court of law of a sexual offense must register. Some individuals adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile who have an obligation to register in state where adjudicated. The term and category of registration depends on the crime of conviction, the age of the victim and the date that the offense was committed.
“Convicted” means when the person:
NOTE: See the SOCEM home page to download a PDF Chart of qualifying sexual offenses and their categories.
Tier I – These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier I offense. These registrants register for 15 years.
Tier II – These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier II offense. These registrants register for 25 years.
Tier III – These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier III offense. These registrants register for life.
|Retroactive Application of the New Laws Beginning October 1, 2010||
NOTE: “Under the custody or supervision of a supervising authority” means the offender was: incarcerated in a county detention center or Division of Correction facility; under the supervision of the Division of Parole and Probation; in the care or custody of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; or was under the direct supervision of the Court
Name, aliases, address, and social security number. Photograph, DNA, and fingerprints. Place of employment or school. Category of registrant (Tier I, II, III, or Sexually Violent Predator), and if resident or non-resident (student, worker, or transient) registrant.
Description of crime (that triggers the requirement to register). Dates of conviction, offense, and release. Victim’s date of birth and conviction jurisdiction (location of the state, federal, military, or tribal court where convicted and sentenced). Electronic identities and addresses.
Driver’s License information, vehicle information, and License Plate Number.
|Administrating Agency:||Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services|
|When Does Registration Occur?||
The reoccurring timeframe for registration while an offender is in the community is:
Registration also occurs:
All registrants must update their registration statements within:
|How Long Does Registration Last?||
Maryland has 3 lengths of registration: 15 years, 25 years and life. The length of registration is determined by the sex offender’s conviction. For Maryland convictions the chart in question 1 explains which convictions carries what length of registration.
Non-resident registrants who are working or attending school in Maryland must register for the period of time specified for the category of registration, or until the registrant’s employment or student enrollment in Maryland ends (if that occurs before termination of the registration period).
What about Individuals Who Move into Maryland?
Do Non-Residents Have to Register?
A person who moves to Maryland and has an obligation to register as a sex offender in another state must register here in Maryland.
A person who moves to Maryland and was convicted of an offense in another state that constitutes a registerable crime in Maryland must also register even if they are not required to register in the convicting state.
Sex offenders subject to the Criminal Procedure Article, § 11-701--11-722, Annotated Code of Maryland, who move into Maryland must register within three (3) days of establishing a temporary or permanent residence in Maryland, or applying for a driver’s license in this state, whichever occurs earlier.
A person who is a resident of another state where he or she is required to register and who enters Maryland for the purpose of employment or attending school must register within three (3) days of beginning employment or registering as a student.
Employment includes working or “carrying on a vocation,” and may be full time or part time for a sequential period of the time in Maryland exceeding 14 days or for an aggregate period of the time in Maryland exceeding 30 days during any calendar year. The employment or vocation may be financially compensated, volunteered, or for the purpose of government or educational benefit.
Attending school includes full-time or part-time attendance at any public or private educational institution, including any secondary school, trade, or professional institution, or institution of higher education.
|Verification of Address:||Yes, the address is verified by local law enforcement and by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services – Community Supervision if the offender is under parole and probation supervision.|
|Penalties for Non-Compliance:||
Q8. What Happens If a Registrant Doesn’t Register?
If a sex offender knowingly fails to register, change his or her address or fails to provide a change as directed is subject to the penalties under Criminal Procedure Article, §11-721, Annotated Code of Maryland.
The law states that a registrant who knowingly fails to register, fails to provide notice of change of address, change of enrollment or employment at a Maryland Institution of Higher Education, or who knowingly provides false information may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
|Access to Information:||
Q14. Who May Obtain Registration Statements or Registration Information?
Any member of the public may obtain a copy of an offender’s registration statement as governed by State and Federal law. Maryland’s law provides for the automatic dissemination of registration information. Copies of registration statements will include the registrant’s photograph but will not include fingerprints, social security number, victim information, or any other information prohibited from disclosure under the law.
The registrant’s victim, or the parent or legal guardian of a victim who is a minor, is entitled to automatic notification. (Note: a victim who has filed a notification request form under Criminal Procedure Article, § 11-104, need not make a separate written request for a copy of the registrant’s registration statement.)
Designated local law enforcement units must also send a copy of a registration statement to an individual who makes a written request.
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services may also send a copy of a registration statement or a copy of the central registry, in whole or in part (by zip code or county) to an individual who makes a written request. Address correspondence to:
Sex Offender Registry Unit
|Confidentiality Provision:||Yes. Identifying victim information is prohibited from disclosure to the public; and Witnesses and victims involved in the court proceedings related to the sexual offense receive a copy of the registration document: these individuals’ identities and contact information are also protected from disclosure.|
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