Candidate Filing Information

For all candidates filing at the State Board of Elections: Remember that our office location has changed. We are now located downtown at 430 North Salisbury Street, in the Dobbs Building. For directions and parking instructions to our building, please click here.

The State Board of Elections has compiled all the necessary information for candidates seeking to run for office into the Candidate's Guide to Elections. This document should be the first stop for anyone considering running for office in 2018. You can access the printable version of the Guide by clicking here.

Certain candidates for elected office are covered by the State Government Ethics Act, including the Governor, Lt. Governor, members of the Council of State, Legislators, Justices and Judges, District Attorneys and Clerks of Court. All candidates for these offices must file a 2018 Candidate Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) with the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement/Commission between February 10, 2018 and March 10, 2018. Candidate SEI forms will be available on our websites from February 5, 2018 through March 10, 2018. If you are currently serving in a position for which you are required to file an annual SEI form, you need to file a 2018 Candidate SEI form between February 10, 2018 and March 10, 2018, to fulfill both your candidate SEI filing requirement and your 2018 annual SEI filing requirement. For more information on SEI filing requirements, click here to read our newsletter on the subject.

Candidates seeking to file for the 2018 elections should note the below tables to determine the proper place and date to file as well as the candidate filing fee. To file, a candidate will need to submit a Notice of Candidacy as well as the Felony Disclosure Form (if needed) and their filing fee to the respective Board of Election governing their contest. We cannot accept any of these forms or fees until candidate filing has opened and we cannot accept them after the close of filing.

More information about residency, age requirements, and reporting obligations will continue to be made available under the "Fact Sheets" heading on the left-hand side of this page.


File for these offices at the N.C. State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement
Office Filing Period
All Judicial Contests* 12:00 noon, June 18, 2018 - 12:00 noon, June 29, 2018

* You must first go to your County Board of Elections to have your residency certified before filing with the State Board of Elections. You may go to the County Board at any time (not just during the filing period).

File for these offices at your local county Board of Elections
Office Filing Period
Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor 12:00 noon, June 11, 2018 - 12:00 noon, July 6, 2018


Filing Fees

Below are the fee amounts associated with filing to run for office. Please be aware that different offices have different filing periods. Check the tables above, and with your local county board of elections, to confirm the correct filing dates for your office of interest.


2018 Candidate Filing Fees
Office Candidate Filing Fee
Associate Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court $1,462
Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals $1,401
Judge, North Carolina Superior Court $1,326
Judge, North Carolina District Court $1,167
Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor $5