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Sex Offender Registration

When will I have to register my details with the police?

You will have to visit a designated police station within three days of a caution, conviction or leaving prison. If you don't come to the police station to register your details, you could face a five year jail sentence.

You will also have to come to a police station annually to comply with your notification requirements, and also if any of your personal details change. Again, you could face a five year jail sentence if you fail to comply with this.

What details will I have to give to the police?

When you arrive at the police station, you will be asked to give us the following:

  • Name
  • Home address or any other address that you regularly reside at
  • An address you regularly visit for more than 12 hours where children or young people reside
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Bank details and credit card details
  • Passport details (if you own a passport)

In addition, when you go into the police station, we may also take your fingerprints and a photograph of you.

How long will I be on the sex offenders register?

If you are cautioned for a sexual offence, you will be placed on the sex offenders register for two years, or one year if you are under 18 at the time of the offence. Once your name is on the register, it will remain there for the duration and can't be reviewed.

If you are sentenced for a sexual offence for less than six months, you will be placed on the register for seven years, or three and a half years if you are under 18 at the time of the offence. Once your name is on the register, it will remain there for the duration and can't be reviewed.

If you are sentenced for a sexual offence for between six and 30 months, you will be placed on the register for ten years, or five years if you are under 18 at the time of the offence. Once your name is on the register, it will remain there for the duration and can't be reviewed.

If you are sentenced for a sexual offence for more than 30 months, you will be placed on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period of time. After 15 years of being on the register, or eight years if you are under 18 at the time of the offence, you can ask for your case to be reviewed and have your name removed. This review will be undertaken by the Chief Constable and is subject to you complying with notification requirements.

I need to travel abroad. Do I need to tell the police?

If you intend to travel abroad, you will need to tell us at least seven days before you travel. You must attend your designated police station and provide the following information:

  • The date that you are leaving the UK
  • The country you are flying to and where you intend to enter the country
  • If you intend to travel to other countries, you will need to tell us where you intend to enter that country
  • How you are getting in and out of the UK, and which carrier you intend to use
  • The details of your accommodation for the first night outside the UK
  • When and where you intend to re-enter the UK 

If you need to travel urgently and do not have the information above seven days before you plan to travel abroad, you must inform us 24 hours before you leave. You will also need to tell us the information above, or as much of it as you know.

Am I allowed to travel abroad if I don't have these details?

Yes. You can't be prevented from travelling abroad because you don't have the information above. However, it is against the law to not provide us with that information should you know it. If you are found guilty of this, you could be imprisoned for five years.

In situations where information changes beyond your control, for example if your travel company changes your accommodation when you arrive, this would not be a failure to tell us where you are staying.

I think my child might be being looked after by a sex offender. How can I find out?

If you are concerned that someone with regular access to your child may be a sex offender, you can ask us to disclose this to you.

Useful Links
  • Find out more information about what the Sex Offenders Register is.
  • Find advice about travelling abroad while on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • Learn more about the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme.
  • You can read the full legislation of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act.