How to Register as a Sex Offender

The Registration Process
Anyone convicted of the defined sex offenses in 11 Delaware Code § 4121(a)(4) must register with the Delaware State Bureau of Identification (SBI). SBI can be contacted at (302) 739-5882 during normal business hours. Please note that offenders are not able to register at the Smyrna Police Department; all registrations are handled by SBI. Offenders are required to register within seven days of their conviction or upon establishing residency in Delaware. Anyone that is a resident of Delaware and convicted of a sex crime in another state must register in Delaware. Registered offenders must notify SBI within seven days of any change of residence address, employer, or school they attend.
  • Failure to comply with any section of the sex offender registry provisions is a Class G felony.
Sex Offender Rights
Although the offender is convicted of committing a sex crime, he or she is still protected under the laws of the State of Delaware as well as certain civil rights protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Criminal offenses committed against a registered sex offender will be investigated and the perpetrators prosecuted. Citizens should not involve themselves in harassing or threatening the offender, nor should they engage in activities that would violate the offender's civil rights.