Does a Juvenile Have to Register As a Sex Offender In Texas ?

Pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program, a person with a reportable conviction or adjudication for certain sex-related offenses must register with the local law enforcement authority where he resides or intends to reside for more than seven days. See id. art. 62.02(a). Registration requires an offender to provide, among other information, his full name, date of birth, sex, race, physical description, social security number, driver's license number, home address, photograph, and fingerprints. See id. art. 62.02(b). After registration, the authority must send a copy of the registration form to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 62.02(c). A juvenile offender must comply with registration requirements until either ten years from the date of the disposition of his case or ten years from the date of his completion of the terms of the disposition, whichever is later. See id. art. 62.12(b)(1). Failure to comply with the registration requirements is punishable as a criminal offense. See id. art. 62.10.