The web site is accessible either directly at or through a link on the California Attorney General's Home Page at
Since the database has been available, the public has helped law enforcement identify offenders who are not registered with the correct address.Thanks to toughened California laws requiring annual registration, and making it a felony in some cases not to do so, it is estimated that the majority of California's registered sex offenders are in compliance with the registration requirement.This is a dramatic turnaround from a few years ago when a smaller percentage of the offenders in the state were thought to be properly registered.Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge.In the wake of the tragedy, the Kanka's sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area.
In order to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future, on September 6, 1996, California State Assembly Bill 1562 was adopted, implementing California's version of the federal "Megan's Law." For more information, visit the California Megan's Law Database On December 15, 2004, the public was given the ability to view sex offenders on the new internet state operated Megan's Law Web site.
This web site was the result of California Assembly Bill 488 being signed into law on September 24, 2004.
With few exceptions, the registration requirement is a lifetime mandate.
During annual registration, the registered sex offender is required to verify his or her name and address or temporary location.
Failure to properly register may be a felony and may count as a "Third Strike." Q.
Is the information on the Megan's Law database accurate? Many of the sex offender registrants on the database have failed to comply with California's registration laws, and therefore the zip code listed for some offenders may not be up-to-date.