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The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program (Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure) is a sex offender registration and public notification law designed to protect the public from sex offenders.
State law specifically makes most information in this database freely available to the public.
The public may access this information at any time through the TXDPS website located at https://records.txdps.us/Sex Offender/.
Further, every local law enforcement authority in Texas maintains a sex offender registry that contains information on all sex offenders registered with the authority.
Like the information in the TXDPS database, state law makes most registration information contained in local registries available to the public.
A sex offender who fails to comply with any registration requirement is subject to felony prosecution.
Public notification of registered sex offenders is accomplished in several different ways.
First, the Texas Department of Public Safety (“TXDPS”) maintains a statewide sex offender registration database.
This database contains all information provided to Texas local law enforcement authorities by sex offenders required to register.
Some local law enforcement authorities have established local websites the public can access to search for sex offenders living in their community.
State law also permits local law enforcement authorities to publish some sex offenders in a newspaper, circular, or other periodical that serves the community the sex offender resides in.
Finally, if a high risk sex offender or a civilly committed sexually violent predator moves into a community, the TXDPS will notify the community by mailing to each residence and business in the community a postcard containing information about the offender or predator.