Sex offender registration information
This page contains information regarding the sex offender registration process.
Registration takes approximately 30 minutes. At this time, you will be fingerprinted and photographed. Please note, wait times may vary depending on the volume of requests for Records Unit Services.
SCAM ALERT FOR REGISTRANTS: Registered sex offenders have reported receiving calls from an individual(s) claiming to be a law enforcement official, telling the registrant that they are not complying with registration/DNA requirements. In some cases the scam caller has claimed there is a warrant for the registrant's arrest, sends the registrant "official-looking" documents like an arrest warrant or states there is a court order to obtain a new DNA sample. The scam caller tells the registrant the ONLY way the issue can be resolved is by buying a cash card or arranging a money transfer, citing the need for bail or a fine payment.
SCAM ALERT: Law enforcement officers OR the King County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry will NEVER CALL/REQUEST registered sex offenders provide money to comply with registration/DNA requirements. Anyone receiving such a scam call should not make ANY transaction or provide any information and should contact the police department where they live to make a police report.
*Please Note: This database contains information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders, kidnapping offenders and Level 1 offenders that are out of compliance with the registration requirements. The addresses listed are NOT exact addresses, but an address block where the sex offender has reported he or she resides.
What are the different sex offender levels and what do they mean?**
The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend. These individuals may be first time offenders and they usually know their victims. Information regarding Level 1 offenders is not typically included in the search.
Offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes. These crimes may be predatory with the offender using a position of trust to commit their crimes. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims.
Offenders are considered to have a high risk to re-offend. They usually have one or more victims and may have committed prior crimes of violence. They may not know their victim(s). The crime may show a manifest cruelty to the victim(s) and these offenders usually deny or minimize the crime. These offenders commonly have clear indications of a personality disorder.
If the victim is a minor and not related to the offender then the offender is required to register for this offense.
The sex offender level is determined by the law enforcement agency in which the sex offender resides. The King County Sheriff's Office is not responsible for the sex offender rating completed by another law enforcement agency. Any questions regarding a sex offender's level should be directed to the law enforcement agency in which the offender resides.