Sex Offender Registry Requirements for Out-of-State Individuals
In Florida, many sex crime offenses require that a convicted individual register for life on the National Sex Offender Registry. The registration requirements apply to current residents and out-of-state visitors.
Under Statute 943.0435, anyone required to register as a sex offender in another state who plans to reside in Florida on a permanent, temporary, or transient basis must report to the sheriff’s office to register in Florida as well.
As defined by the law, temporary residency includes any travel to Florida for vacation, business, school, or work for a period of at least 3 days. The length of stay is not calculated consecutively, but rather as an aggregate of the number of days a person will be in the state. Whether the individual stays from Monday to Thursday of a given week or they are in Florida for 1 day in May and 2 days in June, they are considered to have temporary residence and must register as a sex offender.
Transient residence is defined as living in the state for 3 or more days. As with temporary residence, the number of days is not calculated consecutively but in total throughout the year. A person is considered to have transient residency if they sleep or seek shelter in a place that is not their permanent or temporary address.
Upon taking up any residency in Florida, the individual must provide the sheriff’s office with their personal information, including:
- Date of birth
- Social Security number
- Address, including transient information
- Vehicle information
- Phone numbers
- Conviction information
Potential Penalties for Not Registering
If an out-of-state visitor or resident fails to register as a sex offender, they will be charged with a third-degree felony, which could result in a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
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