The Registration Period

A person must register with the person’s corrections agent as soon as the agent is assigned to him or her, which occurs upon release from incarceration, or if the person is not incarcerated, at the time he or she is placed on some form of release. If the offender does not have an assigned corrections agent or is unable to locate the assigned corrections agent, the offender must register with the law enforcement authority that has jurisdiction in the area of the offender’s primary address. Minn. Stat. § 243.166, subd. 3.

Except for those persons subject to lifetime registration (discussed below), a person who is required to register is subject to the law for ten years from the time he or she initially registered in connection with the offense, or until the probation, supervised release, or conditional release period expires, whichever occurs later. For individuals who have been civilly committed, the ten-year registration period does not include the period of commitment. The commissioner may add five years to the end of an offender’s registration period if he or she:

  • fails to register a change in primary address;
  • fails to register with the local law enforcement authority when the person has no primary
  • fails to notify authority of any other change in registered information; or
  • fails to return the verification form sent by the BCA within ten days.

In addition, a new ten-year registration period applies to a person subsequently incarcerated following a conviction for a new offense or following a revocation of supervised release, conditional release, or probation for any offense. These individuals must continue to register until ten years have elapsed since they were last released from incarceration, or until their probation, supervised release, or conditional release expires, whichever occurs later.

Minn. Stat. § 243.166, subd. 6.

CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.