Sex Offender Registration

Any person who is convicted on or after July 1, 1991 in the State of Colorado or in any other state for a crime involving Unlawful Sexual Behavior is required to register in the manner prescribed in Colorado Revised Statutes.

A judge or magistrate shall require any offender who is under the judge’s or magistrate’s jurisdiction and who is not sentenced to the Department of Corrections, to probation, or to county jail to sign a notice that informs the offender of their duty to register with their local law enforcement agency.

Each person who is required to register pursuant to Article 22 of Title 16 or 16-22-108 shall register within five (5) business days after becoming a temporary or permanent resident of any city, town, county, or city and county within the State of Colorado or the next business day for any DOC release. Such person shall register during business hours with the local law enforcement agency in the place of such person’s temporary or permanent residence by completing a registration form provided to such person by the local law enforcement agency. The person shall be required, at the time of registration, to sit for a current photograph or image of himself or herself. At the time that the person sits for the photograph or image he or she shall also provide a set of fingerprints to verify identity. The person shall bear the cost of the photograph or image and fingerprints as well as a registration fee as determined by the local law enforcement agency.

Any person who is required to register as a sex offender shall be required to register or re-register each time he or she changes temporary or permanent residence, regardless of whether such person has moved to a new address within the jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency with which they previously registered, or upon moving into a new jurisdiction within the state or another state. Such person shall complete a written Change of Residency form, provided by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, within five (5) business days after moving into their new residence.

A person is also required to re-register, within five (5) days, if they legally change their name, employment, or are enrolled as a student, volunteer or employee of a post secondary educational institution.

When a person registers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office they will complete, at the time of registration, a registration form containing, but not limited to, the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Current Address
  • Physical Description
  • Family Information
  • Vehicle Information
  • Employment Information
  • Conviction Information

The sex offender’s file is maintained by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and is not available to the public.

Petition To Discontinue Registration

A Sex Offender must continue to register until the court releases them from this requirement.  If the offender has not been convicted of a subsequent offense involving unlawful sexual behavior, they may file a petition with the court for an order to discontinue registration or website posting according to the time frames below.  SVP’s, multiple offenders, and quarterly registrants are not eligible for this relief.  If the court enters an order discontinuing their duty to register, they must send a copy of the order to the local law enforcement agency and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Your Offense

When You May Petition the Court

Class 1, 2, or 3 felony (if not a quarterly offense) 20 years from the date of final release from the jurisdiction of the court
Class 4, 5, or 6 felony 10 years from the date of final release from the jurisdiction of the court
3rd Degree Sexual Assault or Unlawful Sexual Contact (M1) 10 years from the date of final release from the jurisdiction of the court
Other Misdemeanors 5 years from the date of final release from the jurisdiction of the court
Deferred Sentence or Adjudication After successful completion and dismissal of the case.
If under 18 years of age when adjudicated After successful completion and discharge from the sentence.
Internet website posting for Failure to Register After one year of full compliance with registration requirements.

Sex Offender Registration Requirements

*****QUARTERLY REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN WITH THE MONTH AND DATE OF BIRTH AND THEN EVERY 90 DAYS THEREAFTER.*****

Any person who fails to register, or fails, when registering, to provide the person’s current name and any former names, or who submits false information on the registration form , or fails to register with local law enforcement agency in the place of the person’s temporary or permanent residence, or fails to register within five (5) days after the effective date of a name change, or fails to sit for a current photograph or image, or fails to complete a written change of residency form and submit the written form with the local law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction from which the person moves, commits the offense of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender .

Persons who have been convicted of Felony Unlawful Sexual Behavior and fail to register or re-register commit a Class 6 Felony. Any second or subsequent offense for Failure to Register is a Class 5 Felony. Persons who have been convicted of a Misdemeanor Sexual Assault and fail to register or re-register commit a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Any Juvenile adjudicated for a delinquent act of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult shall be sentenced to 45-days mandatory minimum detention. Any second or subsequent failure to register offense mandates an out of home placement for not less than 1 year. A juvenile adjudicated for a delinquent act of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender that would constitute a misdemeanor if committed by an adult shall be sentenced to 30-days mandatory minimum detention. Any second or subsequent offense for a juvenile requires a 45-day mandatory minimum detention sentence.

Failing to register as a sex offender is an automatic arrest and booking into jail.

The list of sex offenders maintained by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office does not include the sex offenders registered within the incorporated cities in Douglas County. The sex offender list is updated every two weeks or as new registrations or re-registrations are received.

Sex Offender Lists

The complete list of registered sex offenders is available to the public under the following circumstances:

  • A local law enforcement agency shall release information regarding any person registered with the local law enforcement agency to any person residing within the local law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction.
  • At its discretion, a local law enforcement agency may release information regarding any person registered with the local law enforcement agency to any person who does not reside within the local law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction.  If a local law enforcement agency does not elect to release information regarding any person registered with the local law enforcement agency to a person not residing within the local law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction, the local law enforcement agency may submit a request from the person to the CBI.
  • All requests must be made in writing and the person requesting the sex offender list must provide the Sheriff’s Office their name, address, phone number, and the reason for the request. This can be accomplished by bringing your Colorado driver’s license or identification card with you at the time of your request. There is no fee to receive a copy of this list.

Certain sex offenders that meet the requirements for internet posting are posted on our SOTAR website where we track sex offenders living in Douglas County. You may click on the SOTAR link or locate that link on the Sheriff’s Office main home page under the Online Services section.

Please Contact Us

There may also be citizens who are aware of convicted sex offenders who may be residing within the county who are unregistered, or who may be engaging in questionable behaviors involving children. In these instances your help in advising us is needed and in most cases; the provider of such information can remain anonymous. Please call Detective Chis Stadler at 303-784-7841 or email him at cstadler@dcsheriff.net

Safety Tips and Additional Information

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) maintains a website containing those sex offenders who have failed to register or who have been convicted of two (2) or more crimes involving unlawful sexual behavior. The list will contain the sex offender’s photograph, physical description, last known address, and conviction information.

CBI's sex offender website  also includes safety tips and additional statistical information regarding sex offender.

The website for CBI is www.cbi.state.co.us. Click on the Colorado Sex Offender Site and it will take you to the sex offender list.

Additional Resources

  • CBI Sex Offender Website

    In 2005, with the passage of Colorado Revised Statue 16-22-110, the Colorado sex offender registry was revised. The general assembly recognized the need to balance the expectations of persons convicted of offenses involving unlawful sexual behavior and the public's need to adequately protect themselves and their children from these persons.

  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation

  • SOTAR

    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Aurora Police Department, Black Hawk Police Department, Canon City Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department, Denver Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Gilpin County Sheriff's Office, Park County Sheriff's Office, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Elizabeth Police Department, Fort Lupton Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Gilpin County Sheriff's Office, Golden Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, LaPlata County Sheriff's Office, Littleton Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Longmont Police Department, Park County Sheriff's Office, Parker Police Department, Vail Police Department and the United States Marshal Service have teamed up to create a resource site of registered sex offenders living in our jurisdictions that fit the criteria of C.R.S. 16-22-110.

Contact Information:

Main Investigations 303-660-7548
Main Investigations Fax 303-688-4939
Special Investigation Section 303-784-7800
Crime Lab 303-660-7558
Victim Assistance 303-660-7535
Major Tip Line 303-660-7579
Immigration Tip Line 303-663-7265

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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