Demystifying the Idaho Sex Offender Registry Laws

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Protect Your Loved Ones—Stay Abreast With the Idaho Sex Offender Registry Rules

Idaho is one of the few states that doesn’t classify sex offenders in levels or tiers. Although the official Idaho Sex Offender Registry exists, you cannot be sure which registrant poses a risk for you or your loved ones.

DoNotPay has prepared a guide to help you use the state registry to identify sex offenders and map out their whereabouts. We will also present our solution that helps you more quickly, efficiently, and conveniently.

What Are the Idaho Sex Offender Laws?

Sexual offenders in Idaho are classified into three categories:

  • Registered sex offender—every adult sex offender has to register
  • Violent sexual predator—a registered sex offender with a high likelihood of reoffending
  • Juvenile sex offender—only juveniles who have been convicted as adults have to register

Sex offenders are required to register with the state sex offender registry once they are released back into society. With Megan's Law, information about registered sex offenders became publically available to help protect citizens from further sex crimes. The registry gives the public access to the following information on the sex offender:

  • Name
  • Current photo
  • Address
  • City
  • County
  • ZIP code
  • Status—compliant or non-compliant
  • Mapped location

The following table answers common questions about the Idaho sex offender registration laws:

QuestionLaw in Idaho
When should a sex offender register after being released into society?Sex offenders should register with the local sheriff´s department within two working days of their sentence or withheld judgment
What information do sex offenders need to register?Sex offenders need to register the following:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Aliases
  • Date of birth
  • Physical description
  • Crime(s) of conviction
  • Places(s) of conviction
  • Violent sexual predator status
  • Registration status
What if the offender changes their address?If changing residences, sex offenders need to update the registry within two working days
When should sex offenders update registration?Sex offenders need to update their registration every year. The rules for those offenders who are classified as violent predators are stricter—they need to update their registration every three months
For how long do Idaho sex offenders need to register?Sex offenders need to register for life. They can file for a petition to be released from the registry if they:
  • Complete their probation period without revocation
  • Do not have any pending criminal charges or felonies
  • Successfully completed a sexual offender treatment program
  • Have not committed a sex offense during the period in which they have registered
What about unregistered sex offenders?Failure to register is a felony, and the sex offender will be subject to prosecution

What Are the Restrictions for Sex Offenders in Idaho?

Idaho registered sex offenders face several restrictions. These include:

  • Residency restrictions—Sex offenders cannot reside or loiter within 500 feet of a school or a daycare facility
  • Travel restrictions—If a sex offender is traveling to another state, he/she needs to register with the local authorities in Idaho within five working days and the state he/she is traveling to within ten working days
  • Workplace restrictions—Offenders cannot apply for or accept employment in a daycare center, group daycare facility, or family daycare home

How Do I Search for Registered Sex Offenders in Idaho?

To search the sex offender registry in Idaho, you can:

  1. Go to the official Idaho State Police website
  2. Agree to the terms and conditions
  3. Open the Search drop-down menu to filter offenders by any of the following:
  • Name
  • City
  • County
  • ZIP code
  • Map

You can also check out the pre-made lists of violent and non-compliant sex offenders by clicking on the quick links for:

You can also subscribe to alerts every time a sex offender moves in or out of the area around the address you specify. To do this:

  1. Select Subscribe in the menu
  2. Type in your address of interest, including the city and ZIP code
  3. Enter and confirm your email address
  4. Enter the mile radius that you would like the search to cover (one, three, or five)
  5. Hit the Submit button

Lawful Use of Information Obtained From the Idaho Sex Offenders Registry

You should know that the information about sex offenders is available to the public to help prevent further sex crimes and to alert the public of a potential threat. You can use the registry to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community informed about who to watch out for.

Information from the registry should not be used to injure, harass, or perform any illegal acts towards sex offenders. Anyone who does so will be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability.

Get Organized and Up-to-Date Sex Offender Searches With DoNotPay

Idaho has over 5,125 sex offenders in its database. It is only understandable that you want to be informed and have peace of mind about whether the area you live in is safe.

The trouble is that searching the official website is not the most convenient because the reports can be overwhelming. The registry gives rather disorganized reports on offenders across Idaho, and it often includes the non-compliant ones, which offers you little solace.

Fortunately, DoNotPay has a more convenient solution. Our Sex Offender Search feature is super easy to use and gives you the option to find the sex offenders close to your area of interest—your home or work address or your children's school or daycare center.

To use DoNotPay, here's what you should do:

  1. using your web browser
  2. Click Sex Offender Search
  3. Choose whether you want to search for a sex offender by name or an address of interest
  4. Select the weekly check option
  5. Hit Submit

We will show you a comprehensive list of sex offenders in your area within seconds. You can also sign up for comprehensive weekly reports so you don't have to worry about searching for new sex offenders.

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