Sex offender classifications and registration

In 1947, California became the first state in the nation to require convicted sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies.

The State’s requirements have evolved over the last decade to require sex offenders to register more often and provide more detailed information. This evolution has largely been in response to the 1996 federal and state Megan’s Law, which require California law enforcement agencies to offer public access to information on convicted sex offenders. In order for the public to be better informed, registered sex offenders have been categorized into classifications based upon their offense conviction and level of threat to the community.  Using the Megan’s Law database, parents may check to see the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders registered in their community and use this information to keep their family’s safe.

Serious offenders

A serious offender is a registrant whose underlying offense is either a certain felony sex offense or misdemeanor child molestation. These offenses will include all felony sex offenses for which registration is required, with the exception of spousal rape, pornography and related offenses, and indecent exposure. For a complete list of a registrable offenses and classification refer to California Penal Code Section 290.

High risk offenders

Sex offenders who have been convicted of multiple violent crimes or have been declared a sexually violent predator pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 6600.

Other sex registrants

Sex offenders who are not subject to public disclosure or Megan’s Law fall into the “other” category. These offenders include offenders convicted of pornography, spousal rape, indecent exposure, misdemeanor sexual battery, or juveniles adjudicated in juvenile court.

How to register

If you are a sex offender required to register pursuant to Penal Code Section 290 and living in the City of Santa Ana or moving into the city, you must register in accordance with California Penal Code Section 290.

Registration is conducted at the Santa Ana Police Department, located at:

60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Registrants are processed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday , between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you have any questions about your registration, please call the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8386.

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