Texas sex offender registration requirements Texas law requires every person convicted of a sex crime to register with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. A sex offender who fails to comply with any registration requirement is subject to felony prosecution. Registered sex offenders are required to periodically report to the local law enforcement authority to verify the accuracy of the registration information and to promptly report certain changes in the information as those changes occur. They must update this information whenever it changes. Some local law enforcement authorities have established local websites the public can access to search for sex offenders living in their community. Registration involves the sex offender providing the local law enforcement authority with information that includes, but is not limited to, the sex offender's name and address, a color photograph, and the offense the offender was convicted of or adjudicated for. Depending on the severity of the offense, the registration period may be as short as 10 years or may last for the duration of the offender's life. Though state law requires youthful sex offenders to register for 10 years after they leave the juvenile system, judges are free to waive that requirement or take a juvenile offender off the registry early. In addition, registered sex offenders are required to periodically check in with their local law enforcement agency. Judges also have the option of waiting until a juvenile offender completes treatment to decide whether to require registration. Further, every local law enforcement authority in Texas maintains a sex offender registry that contains information on all sex offenders registered with the authority. 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. Nearly all of the information provided to the sex offender registry is made available to the public, who can search the database online. Participation in the federal registry would also have taken away Texas's ability to use its current assessment tool to determine each sex offender's potential risk to the community. The penalty for non-compliance is a 10 percent reduction in the crime prevention grants states receive from the federal government. This law requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city they reside in or, if the sex offender does not reside in a city, with the local law enforcement authority of the county they reside in. Please review the Sex Offender Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information about sex offender registration in Texas.