In offense-based systems, registration is required when a person is convicted or, in some jurisdictions, adjudicated delinquent , found not guilty by reason of insanity  , or found not criminally responsible  under one of the listed offenses requiring registration. Any person who provides false information knowingly or who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution. Instead, registration is a mandatory collateral consequence of criminal conviction. Determining the tier level and whether or not a person would be subject to public disclosure, when relocating to another state, can be close to impossible without consulting an attorney or officials responsible for managing registration in the destination state, due to constantly changing laws and vagueness in some states legislative language.
The state of Washington is among those that have special provisions in their registration code covering homeless offenders, but not all states have such provisions. When is the public notified?