Senate Bill 384 - Lifetime Sex Offender Registration

Effective January 1, 2021, SB 384 transitioned California’s lifetime sex offender registration schema to a tier-based schema.

SB 384 established three tiers of registration for adult registrants for periods of 10 years, 20 years, and life. SB 384 allows the registrant to petition the court for termination of their sex offender registration requirement on or after their next birthday after July 1, 2021, following the expiration of their mandated minimum registration period. Based on criteria listed in SB 384, the court will either grant or deny the petition.   

 IMPORTANT DATES:
  • Beginning on January 1, 2021:  The California Department of Justice designates tiers for registrants.   
  • Beginning on July 1, 2021:  On or after a registrants’ birthday after July 1, 2021, registrants who meet the mandated minimum requirements may petition for termination of their sex offender registration requirement in the court in the county in which they reside.     
  • Beginning on January 1, 2022:  Registrants will be displayed on the Megan’s Law website pursuant to Penal Code section 290.46 as amended under SB 384. 

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as other documentation and forms related to sex offender registration, visit the California Attorney General’s website.  For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) select Sex Offender Tiering (SB 384).