Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry began in 1995 as a result of the enactment of federal laws that required states to create and maintain individual sex offender registries. Currently, Tennessee registers offenders who plead to certain enumerated offenses or equivalent offenses from other jurisdictions, no matter the date of conviction, plea, or expiration of sentence. Offenders who do not meet Tennessee’s criteria, but are required to register in other states, are also required to register under certain circumstances. All registered offenders are found on TBI’s internet site, and the entries contain information released pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, §40-39-206. Sex offenders are registered by local law enforcement or the Board of Probation/Parole; however, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is responsible for the Registry website and for maintaining the original registration documents.
Click here to go to the TBI Sex Offender Website.
The Hamilton County Sheriff Office operates a registration station for registered sex offenders living, working, or attending a College/University in Hamilton County. Offenders needing to register must call 423-209-7198 and ask to speak with an officer to set up an appointment. Offenders must register with HCSO SOR to maintain compliance with TCA 40-39-203.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation: the Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking Act of 2004 was established in TCA 40-39-201 et. seq. and became effective August 1, 2004. All persons who meet the definition of sexual offender or violent sexual offender, and who live, work, attend school, or establish a physical presence in Tennessee must register with the appropriate registering agencies as defined by law.
To search the sex offender registry please visit here
To check out the Sex Offender Frequently Asked Questions page please visit here
Please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit if you have any information regarding discrepancies pertaining to an offender living in Hamilton County.
Sex Offender Registry
601 Walnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 209-7198
Fax: (423) 209-7151