Q&A: Out of State Parole, Probation, and Sex Offender Registration
Authored By: Partnership for Legal Access
Duty to report
Q. I was on probation or parole in another state. Now I am living in Texas. Do I still need to report to my probation officer or parole officer?
A. Yes. Despite the circumstances that caused you to leave, you still are under court order to report your location and status. Failure to report may be a violation the terms of your probation or parole and may subject you to further criminal action.
Where to report
Q. I can't locate my probation officer or parole officer. How do I report?
A. Call the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at 1-866-680-6667. This number is answered 24 hours a day.
Persons on probation or parole in another state should also contact that State's Correction Services, Division of Probation and Parole.These agencies will give you additional instructions on where and how to report your status in order for you to stay in compliance with the terms of your probation or parole.
Information to provide
Q. What information will I need to report?
- The name and out-of-state location of your probation or parole officer
- The court that entered the conviction or probation order
- Your former address
- Your current address
- Your current telephone number
- Your current email address
- Contact information for relatives and friends
- Your current employer
Your plans for the near future
Sex Offenders Sex offender registration is governed by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 62.
Q. Another state ordered me to register as a "sex offender." Do I need to register while I am in Texas?
Q. What is the penalty for failing to register as a sex offender?
Q. What if I am only in Texas temporarily?
Resides or intends to reside more than seven days: An offender who is required to register must do so with the local law-enforcement authority in any city or county where he or she resides or intends to reside for more than seven days. Registration must take place no later than seven days after an offender arrives the city or county.
Spends 48 consecutive hours more than twice a month: An offender who, on at least three occasions during any month, spends more than 48 consecutive hours in a city or county in Texas, other than the city or county in which he or she is registered, must register with the local law-enforcement authority before the last day of the month. A change in residence may include moving from one shelter to another, or moving from one residence or hotel to another.
Q. What do I do if I change my address while in Texas?
Before you move: An offender who changes his or her address must report, in person, to the local law-enforcement authority with whom he or she last registered and to the juvenile probation officer, community supervision officer, and corrections department officer, or parole officer supervising him or her, no later than seven days before moving.
After you move: An offender who changes his or her address must register, in person, with the new local law-enforcement agency no later than seven days after making the change of address.
If you have already missed these deadlines, register and report in anyway.
Q. What do I do if I have a change in job status, health status, or educational status?
- Losing a job, getting a new job, or changing job locations.
Transfer from one educational facility to another.
Q. What is the "local law-enforcement authority" to contact to register or report?
If you are uncertain where to register, call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-512-424-2279 and ask how you should report.