sex offender registration in Texas

Sex Offender Registration in Texas: Registrants 17 Years of Age and Older

Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Texas

The Texas Legislature passed laws requiring juvenile and adult sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies when having a “reportable conviction or adjudication.” The first law requiring registration went into effect in 1991. In 1997, the 75th Legislature codified the registration as Article 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The biggest change made in 1997 was that the duty to register and the Article 62 laws apply retroactively to sex offenders convicted on or after September 1, 1970. Also, the courts and prison officials are required to inform those put on probation or released from prison that they have a duty to register and then must obtain a sign statement from those individuals saying that they were informed. Who, then, has a duty to register after the 1997 changes? The chart below outlines what offenses, if convicted of, require a person to register as sex offender. Additionally, the chart indicates the registration length and notes whether the offense is considered a sexually violent offense, as defined by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.001.

How long will I have to register as a sex offender for in Texas?

OffensePenal Code SectionSexually Violent Offense?Registration Length
Unlawful Restraint20.02, only if: (i) the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding under Article 42.015; or (ii) the order in the hearing or the papers in the case contain an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age.No.Lifetime, only if the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age and, if before or after the person is convicted or adjudicated for one of these offenses, the person receives or has received another reportable conviction or adjudication, other than an adjudication of delinquent conduct, for an offense or conduct that requires registration.
Kidnapping20.03, only if: (i) the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding under Article 42.015; or (ii) the order in the hearing or the papers in the case contain an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age.No.Lifetime, only if the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age and, if before or after the person is convicted or adjudicated for one of these offenses, the person receives or has received another reportable conviction or adjudication, other than an adjudication of delinquent conduct, for an offense or conduct that requires registration.
Aggravated Kidnapping20.04, only if: (i) the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding under Article 42.015; or (ii) the order in the hearing or the papers in the case contain an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age.No.Lifetime, only if the judgment in the case contains an affirmative finding that the victim or intended victim was younger than 17 years of age and, if before or after the person is convicted or adjudicated for one of these offenses, the person receives or has received another reportable conviction or adjudication, other than an adjudication of delinquent conduct, for an offense or conduct that requires registration.
Aggravated Kidnapping20.04(a)(4), if the actor committed the offense or engaged in the conduct with intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually.Yes.Lifetime
Trafficking of Persons20A.02(a)(3), traffics another person and, through force, fraud, or coercion, causes the trafficked person to engage in conduct prohibited by: (A) Section 43.02 (Prostitution); (B) Section 43.03 (Promotion of Prostitution); (C) Section 43.04 (Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution); or (D) Section 43.05 (Compelling Prostitution).No.Lifetime
Trafficking of Persons20A.02(a)(4), receives a benefit from participating in a venture that involves an activity described by Subdivision (3) or engages in sexual conduct with a person trafficked in the manner described in Subdivision (3)No.Lifetime
Trafficking of Persons20A.02(a)(7), traffics a child and by any means causes the trafficked child to engage in, or become the victim of, conduct prohibited by:
(A) Section 21.02 (Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children);
(B) Section 21.11 (Indecency with a Child);
(C) Section 22.011 (Sexual Assault);
(D) Section 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault);
(E) Section 43.02 (Prostitution);
(F) Section 43.03 (Promotion of Prostitution);
(G) Section 43.04 (Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution);
(H) Section 43.05 (Compelling Prostitution);
(I) Section 43.25 (Sexual Performance by a Child);
(J) Section 43.251 (Employment Harmful to Children); or
(K) Section 43.26 (Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography)
No.Lifetime
Trafficking of Persons20A.02(a)(8), receives a benefit from participating in a venture that involves an activity described by Subdivision (7) or engages in sexual conduct with a child trafficked in the manner described in Subdivision (7)No.Lifetime
Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children21.02Yes.Lifetime
Indecent Exposure21.08 (Second Offense), but not if the second violation results in a deferred adjudication.No.10 Years
Indecency With a Child21.11No.10 Years
Indecency With a Child by Sexual Contact21.11(a)(1), (2)Yes.Lifetime; Lifetime for 21.11(a)(2) only if before or after being convicted or adjudicated for this offense, the person receives or has received another reportable conviction or adjudication, other than an adjudication of delinquent conduct, for an offense or conduct that requires registration.
Sexual Assault22.011Yes.Lifetime
Aggravated Sexual Assault22.021Yes.Lifetime
Prohibited Sexual Conduct25.02No.Lifetime
Burglary30.02(d), and if the actor committed the offense or engaged in the conduct with intent to commit Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child or Children, Indecency with a Child, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Prohibited Sexual Conduct, or Aggravated Kidnapping with the Intent to violated or abuse the victim sexually.Yes.Lifetime
Online Solicitation of a Minor33.021No.10 Years
Prostitution43.02(c)(3), if the person solicited is younger than 18 years of age, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the person solicited at the time the actor commits the offense.No.10 Years
Compelling Prostitution43.05No.Lifetime (if convicted under 43.05(a)(2)) Compelling Prostitution of a Minor.
Sexual Performance by a Child43.25Yes.Lifetime
Attempt, Conspiracy, or Solicitation of: Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children, Indecency with a Child, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Prohibited Sexual Conduct, Compelling Prostitution, Sexual Performance by a Child, Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography, Aggravated Kidnapping (as listed above), Burglary (as listed above), Unlawful Restraint (as listed above), Trafficking of PersonsChapter 15No.10 Years
Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography43.26No.Lifetime

How to Register as a Sex Offender

A person who has a reportable conviction shall register, not later than the seventh day after the person’s arrival in the municipality or county or the first date the local law enforcement authority of the municipality or county by policy allows the person to register or verify registration, as applicable.

The person shall register with the local law enforcement authority in any municipality where the person resides or intends to reside for more than seven days.

Information Required for Sex Offender Registration in Texas

·      The person’s full name
·      Date of birth
·      Sex
·      Race
·      Height
·      Eye Color
·      Hair Color
·      Social Security
·      Driver’s License
·      Shoe Size
·      Address
·      Recent Photograph
·      Employment Information

Deregistration as a Sex Offender

Later the Texas Legislature then added Articles 62.401 through 62.408 to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. These articles govern deregistration from the sex offender registry. A person may only be eligible for deregistration if they only have one reportable conviction or adjudication and if their minimum registration length exceeds the minimum registration period under the federal law.

If you have been charged with an offense that might result in sex offender registration or if you have been registering for years and believe you qualify for deregistration, call our attorneys at (817) 203-2220.