Sex Offenders

Sex Offender Information Available at Local Police Departments
A person may request sex offender information by going to his / her local city or town police station. After presenting proper identification, the requester must fill out a sex offender request form containing:
  • The name and address of the requester.
  • Information may be requested in the following manners:
    • Inquire whether a specifically named individual or a person described by sufficient identifying information to allow the police to identify the individual is a sex offender; or
    • The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning within the same city or town of a specific address, including, but not limited to, a residential address, business address, school, after school program, day care center, playground, recreational area or other identified address; or
    • The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning at a specific street address within the city or town where the person is requesting sex offender information; or
    • Where the Police Department is located in a city or town with more than 1 zip code area, the inquiry may ask whether any sex offenders live or work within a specified zip code. In Boston such inquiry may be made by specified police district.
  • The reason for the request.
  • The date and time of the request.
Request Results
If the request results in the identification of a sex offender, the police will distribute the offender’s name, home address, work address, the name and address of the institution of higher learning where the sex offender works or is enrolled as a student, age, sex, height, weight, eye and hair color, the sex offenses committed and the dates of conviction and/or adjudication and a photo of the offender, if available.
  • The information will be provided free of charge.
  • All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes.
  • All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution.
  • The police will not release information identifying the victim by name, address, or relation to the offender.
Request Sex Offender Information Form
For copies of the form to request sex offender information from your local police departments please visit the Forms and Publications page of the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Sex Offender Information Available Through Written Request to the Sex Offender Registry Board

A person may request sex offender information from the Board. Requests must be made on a form approved by the Board. The Board will provide a report identifying whether the person is a sex offender with an obligation to register, the offenses for which he / she was convicted or adjudicated and the dates of such convictions or adjudications.The Board will only disseminate information on offenders who have been finally classified as a Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (high risk) offender. The law prohibits the dissemination of information unless and until the offender is finally classified as a Level 2 or a Level 3 offender. The law strictly prohibits the dissemination of information on Level 1 (low risk) offenders.
  • The information will be provided free of charge.
  • All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes.
  • All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution.
Note: Any information provided by either the police or the Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders. The law prohibits the Board and Police Departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.