This page can be used as a resource of various information that pertains to the candidate qualifying process.
Candidates must file the two forms listed below prior to officially qualifying:
Once a candidate has filed the DS/DE 9 (PDF) Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository, the qualifying officer will notify the candidate and his or her treasurer of the reporting dates for Campaign Treasurer's Reports.
These reports show who contributed money to the candidate and how the candidate spent the money. They, too, are filed with the qualifying officer. The qualifying officer can guide the candidate on which forms to file.
Costs to Run for Office
- The qualifying fee is either 4 percent of the annual salary for non-partisan candidates or 6 percent of the annual salary for partisan candidates.
- The filing fee is 3 percent of the annual salary of the office sought.
- The election assessment is 1% of the annual salary.
- The party assessment for partisan candidates is 2% of the annual salary.
- The qualifying fee is based on the annual salary of the office sought as of July 1 the year preceding qualifying.
As an alternative to paying a qualifying fee, candidates may qualify by the petition process. The qualifying officer for candidates can offer assistance to those who wish to know more about the petition process.
For more information regarding qualifying fees for federal, state, judicial and special district offices, visit the Florida Division of Elections' website .
Petitions in lieu of Qualifying Fee
Candidates have the option to waive the payment of a qualifying fee by collecting petitions instead. Signatures may not be obtained, however, until the candidate has filed the DS/DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository (PDF) form.
The number of signatures required is based on the number of registered voters as of the immediately preceding general election's book closing.
The petition form itself is prescribed by the Florida Division of Elections and is available through the qualifying officer. The official petition format must be used.
The deadlines for submitting petitions to the Supervisor of Elections for verification is noon of the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office being sought.
Candidates should verify with the appropriate qualifying officer how many petition signatures are needed, as well as confirming the deadline for submitting the petitions.
Pursuant to F.S. 99.097(4), there is a fee of ten cents (10¢) per signature or the actual cost of checking such signatures, whichever is less, to be paid in advance to the Supervisor of Elections for the cost of verifying the signature. The payment must be made with a campaign check, with the exception of special district candidates who choose not to open a campaign account pursuant to F.S. 99.061(3).
A candidate may file and Undue Burden Oath with the Supervisor of Elections exempting you from paying the ten cents (10¢) per name checked. This oath must be filed with the Supervisor of Elections at the time petitions are submitted for verification. The form used will be the Affidavit of Undue Burden.
The qualifying period for candidates running for the following offices is from noon of the 120th day prior to the primary election, but not later than noon of the 116th day prior to the primary election.
- Federal office
- State Attorney
- Public Defender
- Judicial office
The qualifying period for candidates running for the following offices is from noon of the 71st day prior to the primary election, but not later than noon of the 67th day prior to the primary election.
- state office
- multicounty district office
- county office
- school board office
- any other district office
For more information regarding qualifying dates for federal, state, judicial, county and special district offices, visit the Florida Division of Elections' website .