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New York Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
NYS Sex Offender Registration Act, Correction Law 6-C, Section 168-f. Duty to Register and to Verify:
Link to NYS Registrable Offenses:
What information must registrants provide?
NYS Sex Offender Registration Act, Correction Law 6-C, Section 168-b. Duties of the Division; registration information
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
Yearly: NYS Sex Offender Registration Act, Correction Law 6-C, Section 168-f. Duty to register and verify:
20yrs/life: Section 168-h. Duration of registration and verification
Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
Yes, level 1, level 2, and level 3. These levels are labeled as “risk levels”.
Risk Level & Designation Determination
Does the state use risk assessments for registrants (other than supervised release)?
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
Level I offenders § 168-q
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Employment on ice cream truck: NY CORRECT §168-v
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
Very narrow: §168-o
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the state?
I haven’t found reference to ‘visiting’ – it seems that the person would have to notify their own jurisdiction of the travel. If in NYS longer than 14 days, likely must register as “nonresident worker” or “nonresident student” as defined by NYS SORA, Section 168-a, paragraph 14 or 15.
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 10 days §168-f.6
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?
This is a link to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services list of registrable sexual offenses. At the bottom of that page there is a list of SO convictions in other jurisdictions.
Does the state have lifetime supervision?
Does the state have indeterminate sentencing?
What are the state civil commitment laws?
NYS Sex Offender Management Treatment Act, became law in March 2007. § 10.01
What is the age of consent?
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Sources say no, but the above citation says actor is guilty of violation if, being at least 21, he has intercourse with someone younger than 17.
Info for State Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Yes, after prison and parole.
What does the state say about persons who are required to register?
How does the state’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
NYS Senate – issues search for legislation related to sexual violence
NYS Assembly: need to go to “bill search” page, and click “ADVANCED SEARCH” to enter search terms
Best keywords are:
Sexual, sex offender, sex offense registry
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
Crime victims, crime and correction
Children and families
NYS Assembly: Children and family
Children and family
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:
Other helpful information