Becoming a Federal Candidate

OfficeQualificationsFiling Dates2016 Filing Fee *Term
President 35 years old; Natural born citizen; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years Candidates whose party will participate in the primary election process: between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016. Unaffiliated candidates: between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on August 15, 2016. $500 4 years
Vice President 35 years old; Natural born citizen of the U.S.; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years
4 years
U.S. Senate 30 years old; Natural born citizen of the U.S.; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years For qualified political party candidates: between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016. For registered political party candidates: between January 4, 2016 and 5pm on March 31, 2016. TBD 6 years
U.S. Congress 25 years old; Resident of Utah when elected; U.S. citizen for 7 years For qualified political party candidates: between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016. For registered political party candidates: between January 4, 2016 and 5pm on March 31, 2016. TBD 2 years

* Filing fees are subject to change.

Federal Statement of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure

For more information, please contact the Federal Election Commission at 1(800) 424-9530 or visit their website at www.fec.gov .

 

Instructions for Filing as a Federal Candidate**

Presidential Candidates Affiliated with a Party

One or more of Utah's registered political parties, including the Republican Party, has indicated that they may select presidential candidates by way of a party caucus instead of participating in the June presidential primary. Candidates should confirm with their party which method the party will select candidates for the general election. If a caucus does occur, Presidential candidates affiliated with a party do not need to follow the procedures outlined below.

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Primary Election: Presidential candidates affiliation with a registered political party may be selected through the regular state primary election held on June 28, 2016. Candidates should confirm with their party whether the party will participate in the presidential primary. 

If a candidate's registered political party intents to participate in the presidential primary, the presidential candidate for that party (or a designated agent) must file a declaration of candidacy in person in the Lieutenant Governor's office between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016. Each candidate (or designated agent) must pay a $500 filing fee and provide a letter from the registered political party certifying that the candidate may participate as a candidate in that party's presidential primary election (See UCA 20A-9-201(6)).

Summary:

  • Between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016, the candidate (or designated agent) must file a declaration of candidacy form in person in the Lieutenant Governor's office.
  • Candidate must pay a $500 filing fee.
  • Candidate must provide a letter from the party certifying the candidate.
  • Primary Election Date: June 28, 2016

U.S. Senate and U.S. House Candidates Affiliated with a Party

Please review our FAQs on how to become a candidate. 

Unaffiliated Candidates (Also Referred to as Independent)

Candidates who do not wish to affiliate with a ballot-approved political party may appear on the ballot by submitting a petition. Candidates for the office of President or US Senator must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 1,000 registered Utah voters. Candidates for the US House of Representatives must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 300 registered voters residing within the political division or at least 5% of the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less, when the nomination is for an office to be filled by the voters of any political division smaller than the state. The names on the petition must be verified by the county clerk(s) as registered voters.

After the petition has been verified, candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House should file the petition and a certificate of nomination with the Lieutenant Governor's Office between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on March 17, 2016. Presidential candidates (or a designated agent) must file the petition and a certificate of nomination between March 11, 2016 and 5pm on August 15, 2016.

Unaffiliated candidates are required to pay the same filing fees as all other federal office candidates.

Write-in Candidates

To become a valid write-in candidate for a federal office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 5pm on September 9, 2016. Individuals filing for President may have a designated agent file for them.

Federal office candidates must file the declaration in person with the Lt. Governor's Office. Write-in candidates must meet the qualifications required for the federal office they are seeking. Filing the Declaration of Write-In Candidacy means that write-in votes for the candidate will be counted. The candidate's name will not appear on the ballot.

Federal Financial Disclosures and Reporting

For information about the financial reporting requirements for federal offices, please contact the Federal Election Commission or the Secretary of the U.S. Senate.

Secretary of the U.S. Senate
Office of Public Records
232 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-7116

Federal Election Commission
999 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20463
1(800) 424-9530
www.fec.gov

**This information is subject to change pending any new legislation or party procedures that may occur before the 2016 general election.