Once convicted, overturning a conviction on appeal can be extremely challenging. Finally, if a high risk sex offender or a civilly committed sexually violent predator moves into a community, the TXDPS will notify the community by mailing to each residence and business in the community a postcard containing information about the offender or predator. However, other residents can search a public database to find out where sex offenders live in their community. State law also permits local law enforcement authorities to publish some sex offenders in a newspaper, circular, or other periodical that serves the community the sex offender resides in. In some cases, the state may decide a sex offender is a high-risk case and that residents have a right to know when a particular sex offender has moved into their community. In some circumstances, and for some sex crimes, the sex offender must register for 10 years. In many cases, individuals convicted of a sex crime in Texas are required to register as a sex offender. There are several circumstances under which an individual may have to register as a sex offender under Texas law. There are also special rules for sex offenders who regularly stay in other cities and areas. State law specifically makes most information in this database freely available to the public. For example, a sex offender who must travel to another part of the state for work or personal reasons may have to report his or her visits to the local law enforcement agency in that area. This database contains all information provided to Texas local law enforcement authorities by sex offenders required to register. Here are some of the most common questions about the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, which was created in If a sex offender moves residences, he or she must report their change of address to the appropriate law enforcement authority. Individuals who are required to register as a sex offender in another state may also have to register as a sex offender in Texas if they live in Texas, work in Texas, or attend school in Texas. In these cases, the Department of Public Safety may notify residents through the mail that the sex offender has moved to the area. This law requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement authority of the city they reside in or, if the sex offender does not reside in a city, with the local law enforcement authority of the county they reside in.