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How to Search the Sex Offender Registry in Your Area

Do you want to know if sex offenders live in your neighborhood, or want to track a specific offender? Search federal, state, and private sexual offender registries online.


  • TIP: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has three ways to search for offenders: by names, neighborhoods, and e-mail addresses.
  • Step 1: Go to the National Alert Registry site if your DOJ or state registry search yields limited results. The National Alert Registry site is a private service that requires a monthly subscription fee. Now you know if any offenders live in your area.
  • FACT: "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, whose son was abducted and murdered, helped establish the national sex offender registry law.
  • Step 2: Go to the DOJ's list of state public registry sites to search for a specific sex offender that you couldn't find through the Dru Sjodin federal database.
  • TIP: Some state registries include an offender movement tracking feature as a service to the public.
  • Step 3: Do a Standard Search of the DOJ registry if you know a sex offender's first and last name. Click on Advanced Search to narrow your results.
  • Step 4: Click on the specific offender's name in the search results to see his or her details, including photos, addresses, and descriptions of past offenses.
  • Step 5: Search for a list of all sex offenders in your area by entering your city, county, or zip code into the Advanced Search database.
  • Step 6: Go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public registry, a cooperative effort between sex offender registries nationwide.

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