Sex Offender Registry Searches

ESR’s search is the most complete source of sex offender registrations available in the United States.

ESR Sex Offender Registry Searches

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) can help determine if an individual is a registered sex offender. This search is particularly critical to organizations that serve vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly and those being treated in healthcare settings.


ESR performs real-time sex offender searches via an online service provided by the U.S. Department of Justice as a cooperative effort between the federal government and all 50 state jurisdictions that host sex offender registries. ESR verifies all potential matches at the state level for relatedness, accuracy, and completeness before being included in a report. ESR makes clients aware of those states having restrictions on the use of sex offender information for employment purposes when it affects their screening program.1

Information Returned

Personal information and physical description – sometimes with photograph – last known address, offense information including code and description, level of sex offender, and registration status. Some states provide additional information.

Recommended Use

Any position where the subject would have unsupervised access to or control of vulnerable persons.


1Nevada: (NRS 179B.270), a person shall not use information obtained from the community notification website for any purpose related to employment. California: (CA PENAL § 290.46) limits use of sex offender status for employment purposes to protecting vulnerable persons, as well as for employers required by law or authorized to request criminal history from the California Department of Justice. Examples of businesses that meet this standard may include child care centers, financial institutions and governmental agencies. CA sex offender data cannot be used for any other employment purpose.

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