What is verification? Verification is the process by which an offender validates initial registration information and is photographed to capture physical changes from the time of the original registration. It allows law enforcement officials and the community to keep track of the whereabouts of registered offenders and provides updated information about the offender to the community.
When does verification occur? Verification occurs after initial registration on a schedule determined by the Sex Offense Tier classifications. The period of time for verification purposes is generally calculated from the time of release from a correctional facility or the date parole or probation begins. The frequency and duration by which an offender must verify his/her information is mandated by the offender’s Tier designation. Refer to the Tier Designation and Frequency of Verification page in this site for an overview.
If an offender fails to appear as required for scheduled verification, he/she will be designated as non-compliant and will be subject to prosecution.
For information about Sexual Offense Tier designations, visit: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/act_111/20820/offenses/1139511
What occurs during verification? During the verification process, offender data will be reviewed to determine if there are any changes and new information will be entered into the system. The offender will be photographed and must sign a document verifying information. If an offender does not appear for his/her scheduled verification, he/she will be designated as non-compliant.
What equipment is necessary? Equipment necessary for verification includes a computer with web access, a document scanner, a webcam and a signature pad. Verification may be performed and any county or state verification site approved by the Pennsylvania State Police. Click on Equipment Standards for an itemized list of equipment needed at a verification site.
Who is responsible for verifying offender information? It is the responsibility of each offender to know when and where they must appear to verify information. Each offender subject to registration and verification will be notified regarding the requirements of registration and verification at the time of sentencing. Within 30 days of a required verification date, the PSP will send written notice to the offender at their last known address alerting them to an upcoming verification date. The notice will remind the offender of responsibilities under this subchapter, including counseling in the case of sexually violent predators, and provide a list of approved registration sites. Failure of the PSP to send notice, or offender to receive notice, does not relieve an offender of the requirement to present at an approved verification site according to schedule for required verification. Additionally, the verification schedule does not relieve offenders of the responsibility to notify officials of changes in residence, school and employment at the time they occur, as required.
**Content Last Updated 6/15/2012**