Becoming a Federal Candidate

OfficeQualificationsFiling Dates2014 Filing Fee *Term
President 35 years old; Natural born citizen; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years For candidates whose party will participate in the primary election process: Between the second Friday in March and 5 p.m. on the third Thursday in March, 2012. For unaffiliated candidates: Between the second Friday in March and 5 p.m. on August 15, 2012. n/a 4 years
Vice President 35 years old; Natural born citizen of the U.S.; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years n/a 4 years
U.S. Senate 30 years old; Natural born citizen of the U.S.; Resident of the U.S. for 14 years Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March n/a 6 years
U.S. Congress 25 years old; Resident of Utah when elected; U.S. citizen for 7 years Between the second Friday in March and 5pm on the third Thursday in March $485 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 .

Unaffiliated Candidates

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 federal office should file the petition and a certificate of nomination for unaffiliated candidates with the Lt. Governor's Office between the second and third Thursday (5pm) in March in even numbered years (before 5 p.m. on August 15, 2012 for unaffiliated candidates running for president).

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

A person filing a certificate of nomination for President or Vice President of the United States may file the certificate of nomination between the second Friday in March and 5 p.m. on August 15 of the year in which the regular general election will be held; and may use a designated agent to file the certificate of nomination. Unaffiliated candidates for President must pay a $500 filing fee.

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 30 days before the regular general election. 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.

Candidates for Federal Office

For information about the financial reporting requirements for federal offices (U. S. representative, senator, president, or vice president), 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