Like virtually all states, Washington State requires any person who has been convicted of a sex offense or kidnapping offense to register as a sex offender.
By “registration,” this means you have to register you address, place of employment, or school with local law enforcement.
The registration requirements are complicated, and the criminal penalties for violating these requirements are severe.
However, you may be able to remove your duty to register as a sex offender in Washington depending on your criminal record and your behavior since you were convicted.
The laws surrounding the sex offender registration and removal process are found in RCW 9A.44.130.
FAQ: Sex Offender Registration Removal
A. Sex Offender Registration - Requirements
Who has to register as a sex offender?
How long do you have to register as a sex offender?
Does your duty to register automatically expire after a certain time period?
Do juveniles have to register as sex offenders?
FAQ: Sex Offender Registration
B. Sex Offender Registration - Removal
How do you file a motion to remove your registration?
Will the Court relieve me of my duty to register?
What is a disqualifying offense?
C. Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
What are the penalties for failing to register as a sex offender?