Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Law and Legal Definition

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) is a U.S. federal law enacted in 2006. SORNA is a part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. SORNA aims to strengthen the nationwide sex offender registration network.

The legislation requires sex offenders to register in jurisdictions where they reside, work, and attend school. They are also required to provide more extensive registration information and update their information on a periodic basis. The offenders are required to make in-person appearances to verify the correctness of their information on file. The frequency upon which they must periodically report and the length of time for which they must remain registered depends upon the type of sex offense for which they were convicted.

SORNA also creates a uniform, national registration database on the web. The Act specifies information about the sex offenders that must be gathered, and the information that must posted on the Web. The registration and notification requirements apply to all 50 states of the U.S, the District of Columbia, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes. Any jurisdictions that do not substantially comply with the SORNA requirements by 7/27/09 (within three years of implementation of the SORNA) may be subject to a reduction in their Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).

The SORNA expands the amount of information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.