AN ACT TO MAKE CLARIFYING CHANGES TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION PROCESS, TO ALLOW JUDGES TO DELEGATE TO PROBATION OFFICERS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF AUTHORITY TO REDUCE TERMS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION, TO ALLOW FOR WARRANTLESS SEARCHES OF INDIVIDUALS ON POST-RELEASE SUPERVISION, TO EXPAND RENTAL PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF CERTAIN CRIMES, TO CREATE A PRIVILEGE FOR CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS WITH VICTIM ASSISTANCE CENTERS, TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS FOR CERTAIN SHERIFF'S CONTRACTS, TO AMEND THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR S.L. 2015-186, TO EXTEND A LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGE UNTIL REINSTATEMENT DETERMINATION, AND TO PROHIBIT THE IMPERSONATION OF TAXICAB DRIVERS.
Current law, GS 14-208.9A, requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to semiannually mail a nonforwardable verification form to the last reported address of each registrant listed on each county’s registry of persons required to register with the sheriff following a reportable conviction, including sexually violent offenses and certain offenses against minors, under the State’s Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Program (Program). Adds a new provision to allow DPS to mail the verification form to the Division of Adult Correction in lieu of the nonforwardable mail for registrants serving a sentence of more than 24 months in the custody of the NC Division.
Adds a new provision to GS 14-208.12A, which details the process for a registrant to petition the superior court to terminate their registration requirement under the Program. Establishes that a petitioner who currently resides out of state must file the petition in the county where the person last registered in North Carolina.
Applies to verification forms sent and petitions filed on or after July 1, 2022.