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Registration

Pennsylvania State Police Megan's Law Section

42 Pa. C.S. § 9799.32(1) authorizes the Pennsylvania State Police to create and maintain a state registry of sexual offenders, Sexually Violent Deviate Children, and Sexually Violent Predators.

Registration Details

Tier Classification

Tier I Sexual Offenses - 15 Year Registration

Offenders convicted of the following offenses shall be classified as a Tier I offender:

Tier II Sexual Offenses – 25 Year Registration

Offenders convicted of the following offenses shall be classified as a Tier II offender:

Tier III Sexual Offenses – Lifetime Registration

Offenders convicted of the following offenses shall be classified as a Tier III offender:

Juvenile Offenders

On December 29, 2014, In re: J.B., No.87 MAP 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down SORNA's Juvenile Offender registration requirements as unconstitutional. Juveniles are no longer required to register in Pennsylvania, except if they are classified by the Court as a Sexually Violent Delinquent Child. This decision also includes Juveniles who are to register in another jurisdiction or foreign country.

Sexually Violent Delinquent Child

A child who has been found to be delinquent for an act of sexual violence which if committed by an adult would be a violation of 18 Pa.C.S. § 3121 (relating to rape), 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault), 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault), 3126 (relating to indecent assault) or 4302 (relating to incest)and who has been determined by the Court to be in need of commitment for involuntary treatment.

Sexually Violent Predator

An individual convicted of a Tier I sexual offense, a Tier II sexual offense, or a Tier III sexual offense who is determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator by the Court. The term also includes an individual determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator or a similar designation where the determination occurred in another jurisdiction, a foreign country or by court martial following a judicial or administrative determination pursuant to a process similar to that of the Commonwealth’s.

Registration Criteria

The following individuals shall register with the Pennsylvania State Police as a sexual offender:

Reporting Intervals

Individuals required to register as a sexual offender shall appear in-person at an approved Registration or Verification Site according to their assigned Tier or classification:

General Registration Requirements

In addition to the periodic in-person reporting interval(s), an offender shall appear in-person at an approved Registration or Verification Site within three business days to provide current information or change(s) relating to:


Effective November 14, 2014, an offender convicted before December 20, 2012 has the option of notifying the Pennsylvania State Police of a change to their information (listed above) via mail in lieu of an in-person appearance at an approved registration site. Be advised:


International Travel

In addition to the periodic in-person appearance required above, an offender shall appear in-person at an approved Registration or Verification Site no less than 21 days in advance of traveling outside of the United States. The individual shall provide the following information: