Each sex offense is correlated to a mandatory length of sex offender registration. Most sex offenses carry a lifetime registration requirement; a few have a ten year registration requirement.
Registered sex offenders must report all changes in address to the proper local law enforcement authorities seven days before an intended change in address. If the person moves to another state, he or she has ten days after arrival in the other state to register with the law enforcement agency that is identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as the agency designated by that state to receive registration information.
In addition to providing notification of all address changes, registered sex offenders have seven days to provide notice about changes in the offender’s name, physical health, job status, and educational status. Furthermore, if the person spends more than 48 consecutive hours in a municipality or county, other than the municipality or county in which the sex offender is registered, for more than three times in a month, he or she must report that fact to the local law enforcement authority of the municipality or county in which the offender is visiting. In reporting this fact to the proper local law enforcement authority, the sex offender must provide all the information that is required for sex offender registration, the address of any location in the municipality or county at which the offender was lodged during the month, and a statement as to whether the offender intends to return to the municipality or county during the succeeding month.
All registered sex offenders who either work at or enroll in a public or private institution of higher education (university, college, community college, or technical or trade institution) must provide notice of that fact to two different entities. First, the offender must notify the authority for campus security (i.e. campus police department) for the institution of higher education that the offender has begun to work or attend school at the institution. Second, the offender must notify the offender’s primary registration authority of the offender’s work or enrollment at the institution of higher education. These notifications must be provided no later than the seventh day after the date the offender begins work or enrollment at the institution of higher education. The offender must also notify the authority for campus security and primary registration authority when the offender terminates work or enrollment at the institution of higher education. This notification must be provided no later than the seventh day after the date the offender terminates work or enrollment at the institution.