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North Carolina Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
G.S. § 14-208.6
Certain juveniles § 14-208.6B
What information must registrants provide?
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
Semi-annually G.S. § 14-208.9A(a))
Duration: life § 14 208.23
30 / may petition off after 10 § 14-208.7
Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
Four categories: “regular” registrant, recidivists, aggravated sex offenders, and sexual violent predators.
Does the state use risk assessment when assigning tiers or levels to registrants?
Yes. The levels are: High, Moderate, Low, Not Applicable, and Undetermined.
Offender Risk Level Description
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
delinquent juveniles G.S. § 14-208.29
Is there a registration fee?
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Residency Restrictions (G.S. § 14-208.16)
Restrictions on Certain Activities Involving Minors (G.S. § 14-208.17)
Commercial Driver’s License Restriction (G.S. § l4-208.l9A)
Premises restrictions (G.S. § 14-208.18)
Restrictions on Access to Certain Social Networking Web Sites (G.S. § 14-202.5) (No longer applies since Packingham vs. North Carolina was settled by the Supreme Court)
Restriction on Obtaining/Renewing EMS Credentials G.S. § 131E- 159(h)
Restriction on Issuance or Renewal of Funeral License G.S. § 90-210.25B
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
Yes; after 10 yrs for 30 yr registrants § 14-208.12A
juveniles: § 14-208.30.
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the state?
In state 15 days; G.S. 14 208.7.a
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who will be moving to the state to live or to attend school?
Within 3 business days of establishing residence or in state 15 days; § 14-208.7.a
State Laws Regarding Sexual Offenses and Offenders, other than registration
What sexual offenses can people be convicted of, and what are the ranges of sentences?
RG.S. 14-27.21 – G.S. 14-27.33 under article 7B
Does the state have lifetime supervision?
Does the state have indeterminate sentencing?
Yes; § 15A-1340.11.
What are the state civil commitment laws?
What is the age of consent?
Age 16; § 14-27.25.
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Yes; § 14-27.30
Info for State Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Yes; automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release
What does the state say about persons who are required to register?
Sex Offender Registration in North Carolina
North Carolina General Statutes § 14-208.7 Registration
How does the state’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
Search can be done by bill number and by keyword/subject/text, e.g., sex offense, sex offense laws
Best keywords are:
sex offense, sex offense laws
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
Appropriations on justice and public safety
Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee
Contact info for state legislators can be found at:
Senate members list
Other Useful State Information
Contact information for state registry office
NARSOL state affiliate website or blog:
North Carolina Rational Sexual Offense Laws
Other helpful state advocacy groups:
Other registrant-friendly state support groups:
Other helpful information