Additionally, Level 3 offenders and those offenders designated sexual predators must personally verify their address every 90 days with law enforcement.

Also featured are three survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and a demonstration by an FBI Special Agent who details the dangers of online chat rooms. Edelgard Wulfert, professor of psychology at the University at Albany, also offers insight into how child molesters operate, how they manipulate children and families – and why, all too frequently, parents refuse to believe their own child. Stanford, director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Level 1 offenders are required to register for a minimum of 20 years and Level 2 and 3 offenders for life (view details).

Local law enforcement agencies – as defined under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act – in the communities where offenders live or go to school can release information to 'entities with vulnerable populations,' which could include a school, nursing home or day care center, for example.

Those law enforcement agencies can release the same information about offenders that is available via the toll-free number.

DCJS also offers an expedited service to the public, including to children's camps' operators, to improve response time to requests for checks of prospective employees against the Sex Offender Registry.

DCJS is now accepting requests for searches in Excel spreadsheet format via compact disc (CD) or e-mail submission.

For more information about how New York State monitors sex offenders, check out the links included in the menu on the right side of this page.

Level 1 and Level 2 offenders are required to submit updated photos every three years, while Level 3 offenders must submit updated photos annually.

DCJS is responsible for maintaining New York's Sex Offender Registry, which provides New Yorkers information about sex offenders living in their communities.