FAQ - Sex Offenders

Sex Offenders

Q.
Do I still need to report my change of residence if my parole / probation officer (PO) knows where I am residing?

A. Yes. Oregon law still requires you to report your change of residence. If you’re unsure, call your local police department or ask your PO. The Washington County Parole / Probation office will not process registration updates.

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Can I report over the phone or online?

A. No. Oregon only allows registered sex offenders to report in person. Any conversations / emails that you have with someone from law enforcement will not count for reporting purposes. For the reporting process to be completed, the registered sex offender is required to sign the sex offender registration form.

Q.
What if I am not physically capable of coming in to register?

A. If a physical condition prevents you from coming in to report as a registered sex offender (not a scheduling or transportation conflict), call our patrol division (503-846-5900) and they may be able to arrange for someone to come to you (within Washington County only). This phone call does not count for reporting purposes. There may be a delay before someone can meet with you, so pursue other options if you are running out of time.

Q.
Why are officers checking on me at my residence?

A. Employees of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will frequently conduct compliance checks of known registered sex offenders residing within Washington County. Their goal is to verify that registered sex offenders are currently residing where they have reported to be residing.

Q.
What if I am homeless or “couch-surfing”?

A. Oregon law still requires that you report any change of residence within 10 days of that change. Even if you only intend to reside at a specific location for a day or two, if it’s been 10 days since you left your last reported residence, you are required to report your change of residence.

If you’re claiming to be homeless, you can still report as a registered sex offender by providing us with a detailed description of where you are staying. If you’re living out of a vehicle, we are going to want detailed information regarding your vehicle. Based on the information you provide, law enforcement should be able to locate your “residence”.

Registering as homeless does not grant you legal rights to reside on private or public property. Check with the property owner for permission.

Q.
What if I am moving out of Oregon?

A. Oregon law considers moving out of the state as a change of residence and still requires you to report your change of residence with the State of Oregon. If you cross state lines and fail to report your change of residence, federal charges may be pursued.

Q.
I later discovered that my sex offender registration is not accurate. What should I do?

A. If you identify an error on your sex offender registration form, immediately contact the agency that you reported to. Usually it will require you to return to that agency and complete a new registration.

When you sign your sex offender registration form you are assuming responsibility for the information that you provided on that form. It is important that you review everything on the form prior to signing it. If you identify that something is wrong prior to signing, have the law enforcement employee correct it.

You can be arrested for failing to provide complete and accurate information on a sex offender registration form.

Q.
I am staying in a motel. Do I need to include my room number?

A. Yes. Your room number is part of your address. If you change rooms, you will need to report your change of residence. This also includes apartment numbers.

Q.
Do I still need to report as a registered sex offender while petitioning the courts for relief?

A. Yes. Until a judge signs the order that you are no longer required to report as a registered sex offender in the State of Oregon, you are still required to report.

Once you are granted an order relieving you of reporting as a registered sex offender in the State of Oregon, you need to notify the Oregon State Police.

An order of relief only applies to the state that it was issued. If you are granted relief in Oregon you may still be required to report as a registered sex offender in another state. Each state has their own sex offender registration laws.