Any individual may navigate to the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry webpage to conduct a search for all offenders registered in the State. Offenders listed in the registry are classified in three (3) tier levels based on the sexual offense they’ve committed; Tier 1 is the least severe and Tier 3 is the most severe. Tier 1 offenders must register for a minimum of ten (10) years, Tier 2 offenders must register for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years, and Tier 3 offenders are required to register throughout their lifetime. It is not required to have knowledge of the offender’s Tier level when conducting a search, however, the offender may no longer be listed if their registration requirement has expired.
Laws – Chapter 22-24B
Step 1 – Go to Offender Registry Webpage
Access the offender registry webpage by clicking here. Read over the information provided on the page to get a complete understanding of the website’s terms and conditions.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a code presented in a white text window. Enter the code into the empty field and click Continue to proceed.
Step 2 – Choose Search Type
Look to the left side of the page to find the “Search” drop-down menu. Select the preferred search method from the list of available options.
Step 3 – Search by Text
If searching by text, enter any of the following pieces of information to describe the subject’s name or location of residence:
- Last name
- First name
- Zip code
Incarcerated offenders may be included in the search by selecting the small checkbox located below the “Zipcode” field. Click Search to submit the query.
The results provided on this page show the name, address, and image of all offenders matching that of the information submitted in the query. Click on the individual’s name (blurred out in the image below) to access more information on that particular person.
Step 4 – Search by Map
A search by map may by performed by specifying either the offender’s name, county, or city. Click the VIEW MAP button and the query will be submitted.
On the following page, if searching by name, you will find a list containing the offenders whose names match that of the one supplied in the search. If searching by county or city, the secondary page will display a map showing all offenders residing in the county or city mentioned in the search. Below this map, you will see a list of the offenders displayed therein. Click on an individual’s name or map marker to review a more detailed report of the person.
Search by Offender Name:
Search by County or City:
Step 5 – Search by Neighborhood
When searching by neighborhood, the searcher must enter the address of the subject (street and zip code are required) before specifying the search radius. Click Execute Search once the search information has been provided.
This page contains a map with markers showing the locations of the registered offenders living in the specified neighborhood. Additionally, a list of offenders is provided below the map. Select either a marker on the map or an offender name to be taken to a page containing more information on the person.