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District of Columbia Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
What information must registrants provide?
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
At least annually; the agency is not held to that; they can order more 22.4008
Length of term is either duration of supervision/10 years, or lifetime.
Does the District of Columbia categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
Class A (10 years) and Class B (lifetime). Class C is “excused” due to incarceration or other detention in a secure facility.
Criminal § 22–4002
Does the District of Columbia use risk assessment when assigning tiers or levels to registrants?
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
Yes, class C registrants, which is the lowest level.
Is there a registration fee?
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Only public notification 22.4011
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
Not exactly but there is a dispute procedure. § 22-4004
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the District of Columbia?
Nothing found in the statutes.
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who will be moving to the District of Columbia to live or to attend school?
A sex offender who enters the District of Columbia from another jurisdiction to live, work, or attend school shall notify the Agency within 3 days of entering the District. §6-A406.2
District of Columbia Laws Regarding Sexual Offenses and Offenders, other than registration
What sexual offenses can people be convicted of, and what are the ranges of sentences?
See Statute 22-4001 (8) and 22-4004 (6) and (8) for a listing and links.
Does the District of Columbia have lifetime supervision?
Does the District of Columbia have indeterminate sentencing?
What are the District of Columbia civil commitment laws?
What is the age of consent?
Other sources say age is 16 but statutes say 18 22.3102
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Info for District of Columbia Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Yes. Rights restored upon release from incarceration.
What does the District of Columbia say about persons who are required to register?
How does the District of Columbia’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
District of Columbia Legislation
To look up and track bills:
Information about signing up to testify on bills:
Best keywords are:
Sex offender; sexual offense; sex offender registration
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
Judiciary and public safety
Contact info for the DC Council members can be found at:
Other Useful District of Columbia Information
Contact information for District of Columbia registry office
Metropolitan Police Department
Sex Offender Registry Unit
300 Indiana Avenue, NW 20001
NARSOL District of Columbia affiliate website or blog:
Other helpful District of Columbia advocacy groups:
Other registrant-friendly District of Columbia support groups: