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Washington Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
Registerable offenses: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9A.44
What information must registrants provide?
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
By mail every 90 days for SVP; yearly for others
Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
Yes, level 1, level 2, and level 3.
Does the state use risk assessment when assigning tiers or levels to registrants?
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
Yes, level I offenders who are in compliance 4.24.550(5)(ii)
Is there a registration fee?
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Notification to schools 9A.44.138
Public notification 4.24.550
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the state?
Within 3 business days if here 10 or more days 9A.44.130(4)(a)(iv)
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 9A.44.130(4)(a)(iv)
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?
9A.44.045 and forward
Does the state have lifetime supervision?
Yes, for people with Community Custody Board (CCB) cases.
Does the state have indeterminate sentencing?
They have an entire chapter on it.
What are the state civil commitment laws?
Washington has 44 PAGES of statutes dealing with civil commitment ; 57 separate statutes
What is the age of consent?
Age 16 9A.44.89
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Info for State Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Felons and Voting Rights
What does the state say about persons who are required to register?
Felons and Voting Rights
https://www.waspc.org/assets/SexOffenders/Registered Sex Offender Information Sheet 2018.pdf
How does the state’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
Search by number or text
Best keywords are:
Sex offender, sexual offense, sex offender registry
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
Law & justice(S)
Contact info for state legislators can be found at:
Other Useful State Information
Contact information for state registry office
NARSOL state affiliate website or blog:
Other helpful state advocacy groups:
Other registrant-friendly state support groups: