Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; removal of name and identifying information. (SB1504)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; removal of name and identifying information. Creates an additional process for a person required to register on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry (Registry) to have his name and information removed from the Registry through a removal request form submitted to the Virginia State Police if such person meets the eligibility criteria, defined in the bill. The bill requires the Virginia State Police to remove from the Registry the name of any person and all identifying information within 30 days of receipt of the removal request form upon determining that such person has met the eligibility requirements. The bill directs the Virginia State Police to develop a form for requesting removal from the Sex Offender Registry and make such form available on its website on or before October 1, 2023; such form shall also include information on how to obtain a criminal history record check, the link to the record check form, the cost of the record check, and the address to which the removal request should be returned. The bill also directs the Virginia State Police shall send a letter by first-class mail notifying every person currently on the Sex Offender Registry of the change in the name removal process on or before October 1, 2023. Current law only allows a person to petition the circuit court in which he was convicted or the circuit court in the jurisdiction where he resides for removal of his name and all identifying information from the Registry after such person is eligible. Read the Bill »


01/20/2023: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/20/2023Presented and ordered printed 23102255D
01/20/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary


Timothy Cooke writes:

This is an excellent bill that helps to enable citizens required to register get removed in accordance with current law. I fully support this bill.

An important facet of this bill is the fact that many registered citizens have a difficult time finding gainful employment and often times have low paying jobs. Under the current law, they are required to hire an attorney in order to get removed from the registry. This bill will allow for more self-service for these individuals and not cost them thousands of dollars.

I would suggest one amendment to the current law regarding removal from the registry. As it stands now, it covers registrants who currently live in VA or who were convicted in VA. However, there are many people on the registry in Virginia who were convicted in other states (or federally) and no longer live kin VA. They should have an easy path for removal as well.

Thanks Sen. Petersen for this bill.

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