"The National Sex Offender Public Registry, coordinated by the Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the federal government. This web site is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options: Name, By State (one or multiple), ZIP Code, By County (if provided by state), National,
By City/Town (if provided by state).
The criteria for searching are limited to what each individual state may provide. Also, because information is hosted by each state and not by the federal government, search results should be verified by the user in the state where the information is posted. Users are advised to log on to pertinent state web sites for further information and/or guidance, as appropriate."
When on July 20, 2005, only
the following states were participants: Arizona, Colorado,
Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.