Sex Offender Registry Information
Toll Free Access Line
Statement of Purpose:
A Service to Help Protect Wisconsin's Citizens Beginning June 1, 1997, Wisconsin
Act 440, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law, provides the public
with automated access to information about offenders who are required to register with the
Department of Corrections. Registration serves as a means for monitoring and tracking an
offender's whereabouts, providing access to the Registry information for law enforcement
agencies, victims, public/private organizations and the general public is intended to
promote public safety and help detect and prevent crime. Access to the Registry is
provided by the Department of Corrections through the Sex Offender Registry System.
REGISTRY INFORMATION ACCESS IS ...
available through a toll free 24-hour automated information system (available in
both English and Spanish) designed to provide community organizations, employers, and the
general public with a means to directly access the Registry to find out whether a specific
person is a registered sex offender.
REGISTRY INFORMATION ACCESS IS NOT ...
a crime hot line to report suspected criminal activity or a system to
provide a list of offenders who reside in your neighborhood. The Registry only contains
information on offenders who, on or after 12/25/93,were:sentenced; in an institutional
setting; discharged; or on field supervision.
WHAT YOU WILL HEAR
After you dial 1-800-398-2403, you will be asked to enter your Victim
Identification Number.1 If you do not have an ID number, you will then be given a choice
to either obtain instructions on how to proceed in accessing information or to directly
proceed to the Registry access system.
If you do not have a Victim Identification Number, you will be told the following:
Information maintained in the Registry only includes information on certain offenders
since December 25, 1993; Use of this information to commit a crime against any registrant
or to engage in any illegal discrimination of harassment is prohibited; and The number you
have called is not a crime hot line and that any suspected criminal activity should be
reported to local authorities.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
If you do not have a Victim Identification Number, you must be prepared to provide
the following information regarding the person(s) whom you are inquiring about:
the person's full name,* exact birth date,* and either social security number, or driver's
* required information
Since the system will prompt you to enter this information on a telephone keypad,
it is recommended that you take the time to write this information out and convert letters
to correspond to the numbers on the keypad. For example, "PERSON" is
"737766" on your touch tone telephone. Use the "1" key for Q and Z.
It is necessary to have the above information on the person(s) you are inquiring
about, in order to ensure that a reliable search is made against the database, and that
the information provided to the caller is accurate. The purpose of requiring specific
identifying information is to create a safeguard from providing false or misleading
information from the Registry. Providing insufficient or incomplete identifying
information will lead to an inconclusive search of the Registry.
WHAT INFORMATION YOU WILL RECEIVE
Information made available to community agencies, organizations and the general
public through this toll free number includes: Verification if the person is on the
Registry and if yes, Date information was last updated
Registrant name and any known aliases Conviction which requires registration, date of
conviction and the state convicted in Registry status indicating if the registrant is not
in compliance with the Registry requirements, as prescribed by law Name and phone number
of supervising unit if the registrant is under current supervision by the Department of
Corrections Callers with a Victim Identification Number will have access to additional
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW
It is illegal to use information obtained through the Registry to commit a crime
against any registrant or to engage in any illegal discrimination or harassment.
The registrant's address will not be provided, nor will any victim information be
disclosed. The Registry will not provide information or identify those individuals who
were adjudicated under a juvenile court proceeding or who are under the age of 18.
The Registry does not contain information on all convicted sex offenders or those
individuals whose sexually violent behaviors have not come to the attention of the
authorities. The information contained in the Registry is limited by the effective date of
the law (12/25/93) and to those offenders who have been arrested and convicted,
adjudicated or committed for a crime specified under the law. Please consider these
limitations when obtaining information from the Registry.
FOR MORE INFORMATION WRITE:
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Sex Offender Registry Program
Post Office Box 7925
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7925
or e-mail us
Links regarding this topic:
Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Emergency Wisconsin Administrative
Code Chapter DOC 332
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 301(ss. 301.45 and 301.46) *.pdfrmat or searchable Folio
Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services
1Callers who are a victim, or a family member of a victim of a sexual assault crime may
have access to additional information regarding the offender of the their crime. The
victim/victim family member must register in the Parole Eligibility Notification System
(PENS) in order to have access to the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
System/Sex Offender Registry. For further information about the PENS/VINE Systems, please
contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator or District Attorney in the county of sentencing or
the Department of Corrections Victim Advocate at 1-800-947-5777.