Who can check the Sex Offender Registry?

Who can check the Sex Offender Registry?

For those facing sex crime charges, you know the consequences are severe. Unlike any other criminal conviction, a sex crime conviction means you likely will have to register with both the Michigan Sex Offender Registry, as well as a national registry. Your name could be on a sex registry for years or the rest of your life. This stands in contrast to many other types of convictions, some of which may be expunged, and some of which can only be discovered through a thorough background check.

Sex offender registries can be checked by anyone.

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National Sex Offender Registry

The National Sex Offender Registry is known as the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website. It is a public online database of registered sex offenders from across the country. It is maintained with a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial and tribal governments.

Who can access the NSOPW?

NSOPW links all of these government databases into one national search website. Anyone can access it, including employers, and it includes information on offenders’ locations, where they work, where they go to school, and their conviction information. It is the most up-to-date database of information provided by the jurisdiction where the convicted sex offender resides and is registered.

Michigan Sex Offender Registry

Michigan has its own sex offender registry known as Michigan’s Public Sex Offender Registry. Like the NSOPW, it lists every convicted sex offender in the state. This is where the Michigan information is gathered for the NSOPW.


Unlike most other crimes, a sex crime conviction carries a stigma that follows you for the rest of your life. Indeed, it is today’s scarlet letter.

Attorneys help people accused of sex crimes to defend their rights and protect their futures.