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Legal (Do's & Don'ts) Restrictions and Regulations for Virginia RSO's



Legal Regulations and Restrictions for Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia as of July 1, 2016: 
This Page was Last Updated on August 23, 2016 

  • This list does NOT include any rules set by a State or Federal Probation Officer.
  • Registrant=      Registered Sex Offender
  • RSO=                   Registered Sex Offender
  • Offender=         Registered Sex Offender
  • In Virginia, Counties and Cities can NOT impose additional restrictions upon RSO’s. The only laws that apply to RSO’s are State laws passed at the yearly General Assembly session in Richmond, signed by the Governor and become law on July 1st.
  • The Virginia State Police (VSP) is the official monitor and manager of Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders and they are the owner of the Virginia Registry. The VSP receives (in-person, there is no electronic system) all initial registrations, all changes & updates, all rotating re-registrations and photographs at VSP Barracks.
    • Most VSP Barracks are open Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00pm, no evenings, no weekends and no holidays
    • The VSP Sex Offender Hotline 804-674-2825 is available Mon-Fri 8:15-4:45pm, no evenings, no weekends and no holidays 
    • For full list of VSP observed holidays see July 9, 2015 post 
    • The VSP is no longer giving a receipt when re-registering or changing information see October 20, 2015 post
    • As of July 1, 2015 Virginia’s Local Police and Sherriff’s Departments Can NOT Turn Away RSO’s see October 12, 2015 post . Virginia RSO’s should be able to walk into ANY local sheriff OR police station and Register, Re-Register, Change their Information or Update Their Photograph, then the local authority is responsible for forwarding the updates onto the VSP before the deadline.
  • The Virginia State Police is not liable for giving out incorrect or outdated information per § 9.1-917
  • Per law § 9.1-901. , unless a specific effective date is provided, all new provisions of the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act shall be applied retroactively
  • Any violation of the below legal restrictions or regulations in Virginia will result in a Class 6 Felony charge for the Offender
  • I make every effort to confirm this list is accurate and up to date but errors do occur, I strongly suggest if you have questions or concerns to consult with a Virginia Attorney
  • January 2015 (original version was September 2014) BrochureDo’s and Don’ts”
  • Links to Virginia Code for all of these rules are at the bottom of this page                              -Mary Devoy 
                                                                                                                                                                                       
* On July 7, 2015 I confirmed in an email with one of Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security that Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia are NOT prohibited from evacuating to an Emergency Shelter during a Hurricane,  even if that shelter is on school grounds. I have retained this email if anyone ever is denied access or charged with a Registration violation for accessing an Emergency Shelter in Virginia. -Mary Devoy 
 
* On July 7, 2015 I confirmed in an email with National Park Service- Office of Policy that Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia are NOT prohibited (by policy or by law) from visiting or camping at a Federal/National Park. I have retained this email if anyone ever is denied access or charged with a crime for visiting or camping at a Federal/National Park in Virginia  -Mary Devoy 

1- Per law § 9.1-903. anyone requiring registration as a Sex Offender in Virginia has 3 days (not 3 business days) to register in-person. 
2- Per law anyone requiring registration as a Sex Offender in Virginia will submit their:
  • Fingerprints
  • Palm Prints
  • DNA sample
  • To be photographed
  • Legal Names , Nicknames or Aliases
Note: As of 2014 if a Registrant wants to legally change their name (including a juvenile being adopted, marriage or divorce) they must go through a longer process implemented just for Registered Sex Offenders.
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Residential Address                Including Homelessness
  • Proof of Residency
  • Mailing Address
                               Does Your Mail Go to a P.O. Box?
If you live in a rural area of the Commonwealth then your mail does not get delivered to your physical place of residence but to a P.O. Box. But registering as a Sex Offender in Virginia requires both your residence address and your P.O. Box address being updated, even though they never say that during registration. Offenders in rural areas must register and confirm two addresses with the VSP, one for their mail (certified re-registration forms) and one for the physical residence visits/checks done twice a year by VSP Trooper/Compliance Officers.
  • Employer and Location         Including self employment and unemployment
  • Proof of Employment
  • All Motor Vehicles with name on the title (Auto, Watercraft and Aircraft)          Including vehicles without license plates
  • All Phone Numbers (Home, Work, Cell)
  • Enrollment or Completion of classes with any high school, technical school, college or university               Part-time or Full-time
        Note: Many colleges will revoke admission once they learn of the offender’s status
  • Proof of Enrollment
2.1- As of 2007 if a Registrant is staying in an Assisted Living Facility (HB2345 and HB2346) for 3 or more days the facility must inquire as to if the patient is an RSO.  
Note: There have been facilities in Virginia that have denied the admittance of RSO’s both small and corporate owned homes. Some have stated admitting an RSO would violate their policy and others have stated it is an insurance liability issue.   

Problem: If a Registrant is staying in a hospital or an assisted living facility going in-person to a VSP Barracks to register the location of the hospital or assisted living facility would be impossible.
 
2.2- Staying Overnight Elsewhere in Virginia:  
If you are NOT under Probation supervision in Virginia you can legally stay at someone else’s (parent, grand-parent, girlfriend, boyfriend, sibling, friend, vacation rental, motel, campground, etc.) place of residence for up to 14 days within a calendar year. Not within a month and not in a row (consecutive days) before you are legally obligated to register their address as a residence to be added to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. 
3- Per law § 9.1-904 anyone requiring registration as a Sex Offender in Virginia has 3 days (not 3 business days) to register in-person (not electronically or over the phone) ANY changes (additions or deletions) with the mandated information from #2 above. 
4- Per law § 9.1-903 Section G Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia have 30 minutes to register in-person (not electronically or over the phone) any changes (additions or deletions) with:
  • All E-mail addresses (Personal, Work or Shared).....that the person uses or intends to use 
  • All Instant Messaging Identifications.....that the person uses or intends to use 
  • All Chat Identifications.....that the person uses or intends to use 
  • Other Internet communication name or identity information.....that the person uses or intends to use 
Problem: Even though VSP Barracks are only open Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00pm and most citizens live more than an hour away from the closest VSP location, you are required to register changes within 30 MINUTES per the law! So on your first day at work, the minute they give you your e-mail address you must leave work to register it. Good luck keeping that job! 
 
4.1- As for social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook, eHarmony, Match.com) if you are NOT under Probation supervision in Virginia it is NOT illegal for a Registrant to be a member in Virginia. But the VSP-IT Department does give all RSO e-mail addresses to these sites and the sites have policies that Registered Sex Offenders can not be members and when the site learns an e-mail address is registered to an Offender the account will be shut down.
Note: There is no law in Virginia stating an RSO must give the VSP their PlayStation screen-name but they’ve been known to ask for it. See August 14, 2015 Post- Virginia State Police (VSP) Interpretation of Virginia Code has Been Ruled Unconstitutional in Other States
5- Per Virginia law every two years a new photo of every Registrant is supposed to be taken by the VSP during an in-person re-registration at a VSP Barracks. 
Note: If a VSP Trooper/Compliance Officer asks to take a Registrant’s photo during a home visit the Registrant is legally allowed to decline the photo, they are under NO obligation to submit to this photo.               
6- Per Virginia law, once supervised State or Federal Probation has ended the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Task Force will physically verify (without advance notice) an RSO's:
  • Place of employment
  • Residence (twice a year)
Note: If you are not home when the VSP Trooper/Compliance Officer visits they will leave their business card with someone or on your front door and you are required to contact them immediately. If you do not respond fast enough the VSP will assume the residence information you have registered is false and you could have serious problems. 
 
April 28, 2016 Post http://goo.gl/X6DneN
 
7- Out-of-State Registered Sex Offenders, who establish a residence, begin employment (compensated, voluntary, temporary, part-time or full-time) or enroll in school (part-time or full-time) in Virginia for a period exceeding 14 days, must register with the authorities within 3 days (not 3 business days).
8- Per § 9.1-904. Registered Sex Offenders who are classified as Non-Violent must re-register with the authorities once per year 
8.1- As of July 1, 2008, any Registrant classified as Non-Violent must remain on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for a minimum of 15 years before they can petition the court to be removed.  
The 2008 Virginia General Assembly increased the minimum time from 10 to 15 years, retroactive to everyone in an attempt to become Federally Adam Walsh Act compliant, as of 2014 Virginia is NOT compliant. When this change occurred back in 2008 some Offenders that had successfully petitioned for removal in 2005, 2006 or 2007 were put BACK on the VSP Virginia Registry for an additional 5 years before they are allowed to petition for removal, again.

Removal of Name and Information from Registry:
http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title9.1/chapter9/section9.1-910/
But you must have a perfect re-registration record with no new convictions including failure to register. 
 
For more information on Removal from the Virginia Registry and Relief from Registration see July 29, 2014 post Note: The links in the 2014 post have expired as Virginia moved all statutes to a new website http://law.lis.virginia.gov/
 
 
For information on VSP Re-Registration letters, Re-registration processes, policies and VSP issues see:
 9- Per § 9.1-904. Most Registered Sex Offenders who are classified as Violent must re-register with the authorities every 90 days (not 3 months). 
9.1- Per § 9.1-904. Registered Sex Offenders who are classified as Violent and were convicted of § 18.2-472.1, other than a person convicted of a sexually violent offense or murder must re-register with the authorities every 180 days (not 6 months). 
Note: Both in 2006 and 2008, the Virginia General Assembly retroactively and with no due process reclassified almost all Non-Violent offenders to Violent offenders, making them “Lifers” and increasing their re-registration from once per year to every 90 days. This occurred when misdemeanor offenses became felony offenses and no start date was added to the legislation, this also meant no fiscal impact statement was ever included for the cost to the VSP for the RSO’s who would have been able to petition for removal in a few years becoming “Lifers” and requiring managing and monitoring for the next 20 to 50 years. 
9.2- If you are classified as Violent and have registered faithfully every 90 or 180 days for at least 5 years you can apply for Relief from Registration or Re-registration: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+9.1-909 
This would reduce your re-registrations from every 90 days to just once a year. 
But you must have a perfect re-registration record with no new convictions including failure to register.
For more information on Removal from the Virginia Registry and Relief from Registration see July 29, 2014 post 
10- Registered Sex Offenders who have been convicted of a Failure-to-Register must re-register with the authorities every 30 days (regardless of the original conviction or classification).
11- In Virginia a LIMITED group of Registrants can not live within 500 feet of a public school, licensed day-care center or public park that shares a border with a school and is used for school activities. § 18.2-370.3.
 A. Every adult who is convicted of an offense occurring on or after July 1, 2006, where the offender is more than three years older than the victim, of one of the following qualifying offenses: (i) clause (iii) of subsection A of § 18.2-61, (ii) subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.1, or  (iii) subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.2, shall be forever prohibited from residing within 500 feet of the premises of any place he knows or has reason to know is a child day center as defined in § 63.2-100, or a primary, secondary, or high school. A violation of this section is  a Class 6 felony. The provisions of this section shall only apply if the qualifying offense was done in the commission of, or as a part of     the same course of conduct as, or as part of a common scheme or plan as a violation of (i) subsection A of § 18.2-47 or § 18.2-48, (ii) § 18.2-89, 18.2-90, or 18.2-91, or (iii) § 18.2-51.2.
 B. An adult who is convicted of an offense as specified in subsection A of this section and has established a lawful residence shall not be in violation of this section if a child day center or a primary, secondary, or high school is established within 500 feet of his residence subsequent to his conviction.
 C. Every adult who is convicted of an offense occurring on or after July 1, 2008, where the offender is more than three years older than the victim, of one of the following qualifying offenses: (i) clause (iii) of subsection A of § 18.2-61, (ii) subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.1, or (iii) subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.2, shall be forever prohibited from residing within 500 feet of the boundary line of any place he knows  is a public park when such park (i) is owned and operated by a county, city or town, (ii) shares a boundary line with a primary,   secondary, or high school and (iii) is regularly used for school activities. A violation of this section is a Class 6 felony. The provisions of this section shall only apply if the qualifying offense was done in the commission of, or as a part of the same course of conduct as, or as part of a common scheme or plan as a violation of (i) subsection A of § 18.2-47 or § 18.2-48, (ii) § 18.2-89, 18.2-90, or 18.2-91, or (iii) § 18.2-51.2.
D. An adult who is convicted of an offense as specified in subsection C and has established a lawful residence shall not be in violation of this section if a public park that (i) is owned and operated by a county, city or town, (ii) shares a boundary line with a primary, secondary, or high school, and (iii) is regularly used for school activities, is established within 500 feet of his residence subsequent to his conviction.
12-  § 18.2-370.2.  - Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children on School and Daycare Property
A. "Offense prohibiting proximity to children" means a violation or an attempt to commit a violation of (i) subsection A of § 18.2-47, clause (ii) or (iii) of § 18.2-48, subsection B of § 18.2-361, or subsection B of § 18.2-366, where the victim of one of the foregoing offenses was a minor, or (ii) subsection A (iii) of § 18.2-61, §§ 18.2-63, 18.2-64.1, subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.1, subdivision A 1 of § 18.2-67.2, or subdivision A 1 or A 4 (a) of § 18.2-67.3, or §§ 18.2-370, 18.2-370.1, clause (ii) of § 18.2-371, §§ 18.2-374.1, 18.2-374.1:1 or § 18.2-379. As of July 1, 2006, "offense prohibiting proximity to children" shall include a violation of § 18.2-472.1, when the offense requiring registration was one of the foregoing offenses.  
B. Every adult who is convicted of an offense prohibiting proximity to children when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2000, shall as part of his sentence be forever prohibited from loitering within 100 feet of the premises of any place he knows or has reason to know is a primary, secondary or high school. In addition, every adult who is convicted of an offense prohibiting proximity to children when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2006, shall as part of his sentence be forever prohibited from loitering within 100 feet of the premises of any place he knows or has reason to know is a child day program as defined in § 63.2-100 
C. Every adult who is convicted of an offense prohibiting proximity to children, when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2008, shall as part of his sentence be forever prohibited from going, for the purpose of having any contact whatsoever with children that are not in his custody, within 100 feet of the premises of any place owned or operated by a locality that he knows or should know is a playground, athletic field or facility, or gymnasium.
                § 18.2-370.5. Sex offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property 
A. Every adult who is convicted of a sexually violent offense, as defined in § 9.1-902, shall be prohibited from entering or being present (i) during school hours, and during school-related or school-sponsored activities upon any property he knows or has reason to know is a public or private elementary or secondary school or child day center property; (ii) on any school bus as defined in § 46.2-100; or (iii) upon any property, public or private, during hours when such property is solely being used by a public or private elementary or secondary school for a school-related or school-sponsored activity. 
B. The provisions of clauses (i) and (iii) of subsection A shall not apply to such adult if (i) he is a lawfully registered and qualified voter, and is coming upon such property solely for purposes of casting his vote; (ii) he is a student enrolled at the school; or (iii) he has obtained a court order pursuant to subsection C allowing him to enter and be present upon such property, has obtained the permission of the school board or of the owner of the private school or child day center or their designee for entry within all or part of the scope of the lifted ban, and is in compliance with such school board's, school's or center's terms and conditions and those of the court order.  
C. Every adult who is prohibited from entering upon school or child day center property pursuant to subsection A may after notice to the attorney for the Commonwealth and either (i) the proprietor of the child day center, (ii) the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the chairman of the school board of the school division in which the school is located, or (iii) the chief administrator of the school if such school is not a public school, petition the circuit court in the county or city where the school or child day center is located for permission to enter such property. The court shall direct that the petitioner shall cause notice of the time and place of the hearing on his petition to be published once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper meeting the requirements of § 8.01-324. The newspaper notice shall contain a provision stating that written comments regarding the petition may be submitted to the clerk of court at least five days prior to the hearing. For good cause shown, the court may issue an order permitting the petitioner to enter and be present on such property, subject to whatever restrictions of area, reasons for being present, or time limits the court deems appropriate.
Problem: This means if the church pre-school is open and a registered person is planning to attend choir practice or an AA meeting at the other end of the building or if cheerleading practice and an evening adult class are at the same time, they have broken the law. The wording of this law is a trap for registered offenders, be aware.
12.1- “Loitering” Any Registrant whose offense is after July 1, 2008 that is prohibited to be within a certain proximity of children that are not in their custody are now not allowed to loiter within 100 feet of the premises of any place owned or operated by a locality that they know is a playground, athletic field or facility, community center or gymnasium.
12.2- Note: Most if not all school districts in Virginia have a process to allow a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) parent or guardian to petition the court to acquire a court order allowing them on school property and/or to attend school-sponsored functions.  
                The process takes a few months and you will need to hire an attorney and possibly a treatment provider to evaluate your risk but I have heard from numerous parents who have been successful with the process.
 
                Be prepared, the school district (superintendent and/or school board) may not be supportive, they may oppose your  request. But if win, you’ll have the ability to attend your children’s school-sponsored events and pick them up and drop them off at school.
For more information on getting permission to be on school property and attend school sponsored events see July 28, 2014 post.
As of July 1, 2015 per HB1366 patroned by Delegate Jeff Campbell and signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe any parent with school aged children who wants t petition to court for permission to be on school property and attend school sponsored activities MUST pay for and post an advertisement in their local newspaper stating their plans to petition to local court to obtain permission to be on school property and ANY member of the public can submit testimony to the Commonwealth Attorney against (or for)the RSO parents filing. No process was implemented prior to this bill becoming law so we don’t know where these advertisements will be placed in the paper, how much they will cost the Virginia parent or if it will have their photo if it will list their criminal record, where they live or where they work. But we can guarantee their children will be humiliated and will suffer direct backlash from this public announcement.
13- As of July 1, 2011 Most Registrants can not attend after hour school sponsored activities on school property.
Note: This does not apply to church services held in school auditoriums on Saturdays or Sundays or to a blood drive or flu-shot clinic as long as school is not in session during that time, then an offender can participate in these activities.           
14- As of July 1, 2011 Most Registrants can not attend school sponsored activities on any public or private property (graduation ceremony, prom, spelling bee, basketball championship, etc). This legislation specifically states "solely" a school function, so if a conference center is holding a graduation and a wedding at the same time a “Violent” offender can legally attend the wedding, but if the offender attempts to enter the graduation then they have broken the law.
15- As of July 1, 2011 Most Registrants can not step foot onto any school bus for any reason.  
For more information on School Bus Stops see August 6, 2014 post.
Note: Some school districts in the Commonwealth have a policy that no parent is allowed to board a school bus for any reason, but a "policy" isn't a felony. 
16- If any parent or person responsible for a child’s care knowingly leaves a child alone with someone who has been convicted of a sex offense against a minor to whom is NOT a blood relative or by marriage is in violation of Virginia’s Abuse and Neglect of a Child Statute and they could faces charges.
For more information on this issue see May 23, 2014 Virginia Attorney General Opinion for more details on this issue: http://ag.virginia.gov/files/14-015_McEachin.pdf   A.G. Summary-  A parent or caretaker who leaves a child alone in the same room with a sexually violent offender, but who remains within the dwelling, has not violated § 16.1-228(6) of the Code of Virginia.
17- In Virginia on Halloween SOME cities or counties Department of Corrections Probation Offices have their own programs for those still under probation. These programs are called Operation Trick No Treat and Operation Porch Lights Out. If you are required to abide by the regulations of either of these programs your Probation Officer must contact you before Halloween to give you instructions.
 
Otherwise in Virginia an RSO is allowed to participate in Halloween activates, having your porch light on and handing out candy, decorating your home and taking your children around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat see October 29, 2015 post. 
Problem: But be aware your neighbors may still report you to the police because most local news stations regularly report incorrect information about Sex Offenders and Halloween restrictions leading viewers to assume ALL RSO’s are prohibited from doing any of these activities.
18- As of July 1, 2008 Virginia Driver’s Licenses are valid for eight years instead of the previous five years. Also DMV wants Virginians to renew on-line or through the mail instead of at a DMV location so a $5 processing fee will be added for anyone who renews in person.
Except if you’re a Registered Sex-Offender. Registrants can not renew on-line or through the mail, they MUST go to a DMV location and their license will only be valid for five years. But note the 2008 Virginia General Assembly did try to make it every two years. 

18.1- As of July 1, 2016  (SB666-Senator Dick Black/HB 1190-Delegates Tag Greason/Marcus Simon) the VA-DMV is prohibited from issuing or renewing  ANY DMV-Specialty License Plate that is related to children or children's programs or with revenues paid to funds for the benefit of children if the vehicle is owned by an RSO.  

This includes any co-owned vehicles so any spouses, parents or teenage children who have these license-plates today will not be allowed to renew it with the DMV if the RSO remains a co-owner on the vehicle and so their license plate will be revoked.
                                These current (2016) license plates are included:
1.       Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Kid’s First
2.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Heart
3.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Hand
4.      Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund Child Trust Star
5.       Virginia Cure Childhood Cancer
6.      Virginia Unlocking Autism
7.       Virginia Kid’s Eat Free

                        These current (2016) license plates might be included because they bear images of children:
8.      Virginia Choose Life
9.      Virginia Drive Out Diabetes 

The VA-DMV shall not issue or renew personalized (Vanity) license plates to RSO’s if the requested personalization (letter/number combination) relates to or references children.
 
19- As of July 1, 2008, all restrictions for Virginia RSO’s apply to out-of state Offenders while in the state of Virginia.
Any Registered Sex Offender from another state that comes to Virginia to visit someone or that is on vacation by the 14th day in the state they MUST register the address they are staying at even if it is a hotel. For Out-of-State Offenders who are working, volunteering or attending school in Virginia, see #7.
20- If a Virginia Registrant travels to another state YOU (the Registrant) are responsible to know what their laws are and you may need to register while you are there.  
To avoid inadvertently committing a misdemeanor or a felony, do your homework before you leave Virginia!
It is all up to you to stay compliant and avoid being charged with a failure or a violation, most are felonies.
Ignorance of the law is not an accepted defense!
21- If you move out of the state of Virginia you are required by law to notify the VSP of your planned move, 10 days prior to your move. 
Be sure to keep in mind if you move to another state you need to do all your homework ahead of time! 
Today if you are classified as Non-Violent in Virginia. Another state could classify you at a harsher level (yes, they could) AND if they do when you return to Virginia you would keep the harsher classification in Virginia you would not be returned to the old classification (this is true). So instead of being Non-Violent today and being able to petition the Virginia courts at the 15 year mark to be removed you could possibly be a “Lifer”. 
In another state the residency restrictions could be by county or city and not by the state (like in VA). If so, the counties and cities try to out do each other by pushing the RSO’s out of their areas with huge “child safety zones” around schools and other facilities. Even up to 2,500 ft and some counties/cities have basically banned RSO's from residing OR working within their limits. Then there are the loitering laws. In some small towns driving down Main Street to work or on the way home which is right past the elementary, the middle or the high school will get you arrested for violating the loitering distance. 
Residency Restrictions in other states include Libraries, Churches, Athletic Fields, Parks, Fitness Facilities, Hospitals, Senior Centers and School Bus Stops whereas here they do not. They can also apply to ALL RSO's where here in Virginia it's just a small percentage. 
In many states there are restrictions that you can not attend, State Fairs, Carnivals, Amusement Parks, Water Parks, Public Pools, City Parks, State Parks, National Parks, Zoos, Beaches/Lakes, Movie Theaters (yes, I said movie theaters), Museums, Arcades, Toy Stores and Toy Departments, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Bowling Alleys, Ski Resorts, Golf Courses and the list could go on and on and on all depending on the State, City and County.
In some states the playground ban also includes fast-food establishments and shopping malls that have a slide, a ball pit and a Jungle-Jim. So no Big-Mac or Whopper with fries and no running to Macy’s or Sears if there are play areas on the property. 
In some states you can not legally wear a Halloween costume, an Easter Bunny costume or a Santa Clause costume or any mask whether it’s a holiday or not. 
Each State’s Public Registry posts a variety of information including ALL your phone numbers, e-mail addresses, instant message identifications, vehicle and license plate information, tattoo and scar descriptions and photos AND in Texas your shoe size (yes, shoe size). None of these items are publicly posted in Virginia today.
In many states when your residence or employer changes they handout notifications of the change to every house and business in a 1 or 2 mile radius. Some newspapers print the notices and some local television news stations broadcast the notices. Oregon, Washington and New Jersey are just three states that do this. In some states the offender is mandated to have the notices printed and mailed out within a certain timeframe and if the offender does not have the financial ability to do so they will be arrested for a failure to comply. 
In many states when you re-register every 90 days you pay a fee to do so. In many counties and cities you pay a fee to just reside there because you are a registered offender. They do this in hopes you’ll leave there area.
In many states GPS monitoring is mandatory, some states for life and you pay for the monthly costs. 
Also know that in many states you have to submit permission a month or more ahead and receive approval to reside at your desired address.  …….and when you move into your selection apartment or home your photo and all your information could be posted in the newspaper AND on the local news. Each time you move around in that community they will re-publicize your new home and work information too. 
And this is just a drop in the bucket; there is a much longer list of what other states prohibit. 
So all in all Virginia isn't too bad.

For more see Traveling as a Registered Sex Offender page             


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Freedom to Worship: To attend church, temple or a mosque in Virginia: 

There is no law prohibiting a Registered Sex Offender from attending church. 

But as it states above there are regulations about being in the vicinity of schools and daycares and most churches have one if not both. Be sure to abide by the daycare regulations. 

Some churches in Virginia also have policies about registered sex offenders and you need to inquire what those polices and rules include.

April 22, 2016 Post http://goo.gl/du4i56 

 
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Employment for Registered Offenders in Virginia: 
  • “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from being licensed to teach children or operate a daycare.
  • Per  § 18.2-370.4. offenders are prohibited from working on school property or to work on daycare property in Virginia.
  • “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from being licensed to operate a tow-truck in Virginia.
  • "Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders with Commercial Drivers Licenses must carry a Type-P Commercial Drivers License. This type of license prohibits RSO’s from driving a school bus or a commercial vehicle that is chartering a school or daycare group/activity.
  • “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders can not hold any public office of honor, profit, or trust in the Commonwealth. Anyone who is required to register shall forfeit any office or post and even a full-pardon will not allow the person to return to public service. This is known as the “Ed Barber Law”.
  • “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from being licensed as a Bail Enforcement Agent Virginia.
  • “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from becoming any type of law-enforcement officer in any locality of the Commonwealth.
  • As of 2015 “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from becoming a TNC partner ( Uber or Lyft driver) in the Commonwealth
  • As of July 1, 2015 “Non-Violent” and “Violent” offenders are ineligible from becoming Conservators of the peace in the Commonwealth
  • As of July 1, 2016 anyone found not guilty or guilty “by reason of insanity”  can not be licensed by child welfare agency or assisted living facility, approved as a foster or adoptive parent by a child-placing agency, approved as a family day home by a family day system, or employment or serving as a volunteer at an assisted living facility, adult day care center, or child welfare agency.

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    Federal Mandates, Restrictions and Bans for Registered Offenders
     
    • Registered Sex Offenders with convictions after June 2001 are prohibited from living in HUD Housing.
    • As of 2011 Registered Sex Offenders do NOT qualify for Small Business Loans.
    • Registered Sex Offenders with convictions after 2014 are prohibited from receiving SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.
    • As of 2011 Registered Sex Offenders are prohibited from receiving their earned Veterans burial rights.
    • Registered Sex Offenders are banned from most Veteran’s homes and hospitals, it depends on the State.
    • Registered Sex Offenders who plan to travel internationally must notify Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and INTERPOL "Angel Watch" 21 days BEFORE they board an airplane so that ICE can notify the country(ies) ahead of time that the RSO is coming and then the arrival country can either deny the RSO entry at the airport or require them to give full details of their trip, contacts and places they are staying while visiting. If an RSO does not fill out the appropriate paperwork within the 21 day timeframe they will face a felony. 
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The Virginia State Police Sex Offender Hotline should be able to answer your registry  questions Mon-Fri 8:15-4:45pm (804) 674-2825.
* Remember the VSP is not liable for giving incorrect or out dated information per § 9.1-917

Most Virginia State Police Barrack locations are only open Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00pm for registration, re-registration and changes in information.

The VSP Headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond VA 23235 is open 24 hours a day.
 
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