Consequences of being on the Sex Offenders Register

One of the many consequences of being found guilty of any sexual offence is that you will be made to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

You’ll need to register at a police station to sign the register within 3 days of your conviction or release from prison. Failure to do this amounts to another criminal offence – leading to fines and possible imprisonment of up to 5 years.

Read on to find out what information is held on the Sex Offenders Register and the potential consequences that being on the register can have for your life.

What information is on the Sex Offenders Register?

The courts will notify the police of the sexual crime you’ve been convicted of. This information will be held on the Sex Offenders Register, and you must also provide the following information when you attend to register at the police station annually:

  • Your full name and any aliases.
  • Date of birth.
  • Your address and any other addresses where you regularly stay.
  • Whether you live with a child or stay in a property with a child for at least 12 hours per day.
  • Your bank account details.
  • National insurance number.
  • Your passport details.

How long will I be on the register?

If you’re found guilty of a sex offence, the length of time you will need to sign the Sex Offenders Register will depend on the sentence you receive in court.

Below is a table detailing the registration period for various sentences. Note that the registration period for adults is longer than for individuals who were under 18 years of age at the time of their offence.


Registration period (18+)

Registration period (under 18)

Imprisonment 30 months+



Hospital order subject to restriction order (Section 37/41)



Between 6 months and 30 months imprisonment

10 years

5 years

Less than 6 months imprisonment

7 years

3.5 years

Hospital order without restriction order (Section 37)

7 years

3.5 years

Conditional discharge

Duration of conditional discharge

Duration of conditional discharge

A fine, community order or any other minor sentence

5 years

2.5 years


2 years

1 year

What are the consequences of being on the Sex Offenders Register?

Being placed on the Sex Offenders Register can have many consequences for your life.

You should expect that once you’ve registered with the police, the public protection team will visit you at your home address to check you are actually living there. They will also conduct an assessment at this time. This will involve having your photograph taken, and having your details added to the national police database.

These visits may happen periodically throughout your time on the Sex Offenders Register, and you will not be given advanced warning.

Higher risk offenders may also be subject to electronic tagging, and require involvement with multiple agencies, including the police, social services, and probation.

You’ll need to renew your registration on an annual basis, and disclose any change of name or address to the police within 3 days. You’ll also be required to inform the police if you’re spending 7 or more days away from your home address, or if you travel outside of the UK.

However, the consequences of being on the Sex Offenders Register go much further than these practical inconveniences. It can also:

  • Make it difficult for you to find employment.
  • Cause difficulties with travel, as some countries will not allow registered sex offenders to enter.
  • Make renting accommodation problematic.
  • Impact your personal relationships.

Speak with expert sexual offence solicitors

If you’ve been charged with a sexual offence, the only ways to avoid being placed on the Sex Offenders Register are if the charges against you are dropped, or you are found not guilty in court.

That’s why it’s vital that if you’re under investigation for a sexual offence, you get in touch with specialist solicitors as soon as possible.

PCD Solicitors are renowned sexual offence solicitors with years of experience in defending clients who have been accused of sex crimes. They will be able to inform you of the likely outcome of your case, possible defences that could be used, and advise you on the best course of action.

Give them a call on 0151 7058488 or send a message using the online contact form on their website for a swift response.