The Law

Registration is required under Virginia law, when convicted of:

A sex offense committed as a juvenile over age 13 at the time of the offense, if ordered by the court

If 18 years of age or older, kiss a child under the age of 13 on the mouth while penetrating the child’s mouth with the tongue

Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another

Possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography

If 18 years old or older, to use a communications system or other electronic means to solicit a child less than 15 years old

Indecent exposure

Peeping or spying into dwelling or enclosure

If 18 years old or older, abuse a child or engage in consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 or older.

A person is more than five years older than the victim, or is 18 years old or older and the victim is under 6 years old

Carnal knowledge of child between 13 and 15 years old

Sexual abuse of a child under 15 years of age

Where the victim is a minor or is physically helpless or mentally incapacitated

Sexual battery by force, threat, intimidation, or ruse

Attempted rape, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, and sexual battery

Entering dwelling with intent to commit rape

The victim is under 15 years old, or the victim is at least 15 years old but under 18, and the murder is related to a sexual offense

A sexually violent offense including, but not limited to, abduction, rape, forcible sodomy, inanimate or animate object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties with children, and incest.

Any offense similar to those listed above that are under the laws of any foreign country

Any offense requiring registration under the laws of the jurisdiction where the offender was convicted

An offense involving a minor on or after July 1, 1980, and before July 1, 1994.

Registration procedures and requirements are very restrictive and time sensitive. There is no Virginia State Police location, including its headquarters, that is open 365 days a year, so plan ahead.

Residence restrictions

If convicted of an offense occurring on or before June 30, 2006, there are no residence restrictions for any registrant.

Where the offender is more than three years older than the victim and is convicted in conjunction with abduction, kidnapping, burglary, intent to commit murder, rape, robbery, arson, larceny, assault and battery, aggravated malicious wounding, or other felony of:

Sexual intercourse with a child under age 13

Penetrating, or causing a child under age 13 to penetrate, the labia majora or anus with an animate or inanimate object

Engaging in cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, or anal intercourse with a child under age 13

when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2006, registrants are forever prohibited from residing within 500 feet of child day center or a primary, secondary, or high school, unless the day care center or school was established within 500 feet of the registrant’s lawful residence after the conviction.

when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2008, registrants also are forever prohibited from residing within 500 feet of the boundary line of a county, city or town-owned and operated public park that shares a boundary line with a primary, secondary, or high school that is regularly used for school activities, unless the park was established within 500 feet of the registrant’s lawful residence after the conviction.