Ohio's new arson registry is active as of Monday, July 1.
The law requires that anyone convicted of arson, aggravated arson, or an arson-related offense register their address with their county sheriff's office. The offender must register once a year for life.
The offender will be required to pay a $50 fee for their initial registration and $25 each following year. The funds will be spent on maintenance of the system.
The registry is maintained and managed by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
"We hope this new registry will serve as a valuable investigative tool for law enforcement and fire officials," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine. "Now, investigators will be able to look at an arson scene and quickly determine if any convicted arsonists live nearby."