Registration Rules

  • A person must register in person with the police department of the city where they live, or with the sheriff’s department if they live in an unincorporated area or in a city that has no police department.  

  • If they live at more than one address, and their addresses are in different cities or counties, they must register with multiple police or sheriff’s departments so that they are registered in all locations.

  •  If a person is a university or college student, employed by a college, or living on a college campus, they must also register with the campus police.

  • A person has  5 working days to register after they are released from custody or placed on probation or parole.

  •  When a person registers, they will be required to provide all of their current residence addresses.

  • The definition of residence is broad and a person can be “residing” at an address for registration purposes even if they are only spending the night there occasionally or staying there on a temporary basis.

  • When a person registers, their fingerprints will be taken.  They must also provide the name and address of their employer, the license plate number of any car that they drive regularly, and proof of their residence location, such as an ID with their address, a recent rent or utility bill or receipt, or a bank or official document showing their address.

  • A person must also update your registration every year within 5 working days of their birthday. 

  • If a person changes their name, they must notify the police or sheriff within 5 working days of their name change.

  • A person is required if they move to notify  the local authorities about their new address within 5 working days.

  •  If a person is moving to a different city or county, they must notify, in person, both the local authorities where they were previously registered and the local authorities in the new city or county.   If they don’t know what their new address will be, then they still have to notify the agency with authority over their old residence that they will be going to a new general location; once they get a new address, they then have 5 working days to send a registered or certified letter informing the agency of their exact new address.

  •  If a person moves out of California, they must notify California authorities in person of their intended destination within 5 working days of the move.

  • If a person is homeless, or without an address, then they must register within 5 working days of release from custody, every 30 days after that, and within 5 working days of their birthday every year.

  •  If a person become homeless, they must update their registration within 5 working days of losing their home.

  • If a person finds a place to live, they must update their registration and tell the authorities their address within 5 working days.

  • If a person is incarcerated or civilly committed for 30 days or more, they must re-register upon their release.  A person does not need to re-register if they are incarcerated or civilly committed for less than 30 days and they then return to their last registered address. (unless your normal re-registration date came up while you were incarcerated).

  • If a person is on parole, they must also provide their parole officer with proof of registration within 6 working days of their release from prison. The police must provide them with a copy of their registration form free of charge.  A person must notify their parole officer of any updates or changes to their registration information within 5 working days of the update or change.