Sex Offender Registry Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How close to a school is a registered sex offender allowed to live?
  2. Are registered sex offenders allowed to be in a public park where there may be children?
  3. Are registered sex offenders allowed to live in a home where there are children present?
  4. Are local law enforcement agencies required to notify neighbors when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood?
  5. How can I obtain more information about crimes a registered sex offender may have committed?
  6. Are registered sex offenders prohibited from certain employment?
  7. What is meant by the term "non-compliant" when referring to registered sex offenders?

How close to a school is a registered sex offender allowed to live?

In general, Idaho law states that a registered sex offender may not live within five hundred (500) feet of a school's property unless that person established residence there before July 1, 2006. Click here for more details.

Are registered sex offenders allowed to be in a public park where there may be children?

Yes. No Idaho law prevents registered sex offenders from using public parks when open to the general public.

Are registered sex offenders allowed to live in a home where there are children present?

Yes. Unless an offender's conditions of probation or parole prohibit such living arrangements, Idaho law does not restrict with whom an offender may live.

Are local law enforcement agencies required to notify neighbors when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood?

No. The only public notification is the posting of registration information on the websites of the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho State Police Central Sex Offender Registry. These postings are not required by law but are provided as a public service.

How can I get more information about crimes a registered sex offender may have committed?

In Idaho and most states crime reports and court documents are public records and are available to the public upon request. To get a report you must request it from the agency that created it. If the record was created in another state, the request must be made following that state's regulations.

For information on how to request public records held by the Ada County Sheriff's Office, click here.

Are registered sex offenders prohibited from certain employment?

Yes. A registered sex offender may not work in day care homes or centers. Click here for more details.

What is meant by the term "non-compliant" when referring to registered sex offenders?

The term "non-compliant" is used when a registered sex offender has failed to comply with one or more of the rules that are imposed upon convicted sex offenders. The label remains until the offender complies with the rules and the Idaho State Police Central Sex Offender Registry removes the designation.