Are you ready to file? On this page, download a notice of candidacy form and find information about how and where to file. See Filing for Candidacy for additional requirements. Find election details and upcoming filing periods at Running for Office. Candidates must pay the filing fee when they file a notice of candidacy. Find more information at Filing Fees.
How to File
Any person seeking to become a candidate must file the appropriate notice of candidacy form*:
- 2023 General Notice of Candidacy Form (fillable PDF)
- 2023 General Notice of Candidacy Form (non-fillable PDF)
- 2023 Municipal Notice of Candidacy Form (fillable PDF)
- 2023 Municipal Notice of Candidacy Form (non-fillable PDF)
*Only the candidate may file the notice of candidacy and pay the filing fee in person at the appropriate board of elections. Alternatively, a candidate may have the candidate’s signature on the notice of candidacy acknowledged and certified by an officer authorized to take acknowledgments and administer oaths, in which case the candidate may mail or deliver by commercial courier service the candidate’s notice of candidacy to the appropriate board of elections. Please note that the candidate is not considered to have filed their mailed notice of candidacy until the appropriate board of elections receives it, provided it was before the end of the filing period.
Where to File
Candidates for the following office types must file their notice of candidacy with the State Board of Elections:
- National offices
- State offices
- Superior court judge
- District court judge
- District attorney
Candidates for North Carolina State Senator, State House Representative, and all county and local offices must file their notice of candidacy with their county board of elections.
Mailing Your Notice of Candidacy
Please use the following address for USPS when mailing your notice of candidacy:
PO Box 27255
Raleigh NC 27611-7255
Notices sent by FedEx or UPS overnight will require a physical address:
430 N Salisbury St
6400 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27603-1362
How to Fill out the Name When Filing
No title, appendage, or appellation indicating rank, status, or position shall be printed on the official ballot in connection with a candidate’s name, though candidates may use the title Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. Legitimate nicknames may be permitted on official ballots, but only if listed on the notice of candidacy. The nickname, which appears in parentheses on the ballot, may not mislead voters or unduly advertise the candidacy.
If a candidate is providing an affidavit to permit the use of a nickname with his or her legal last name, the affidavit shall include the way the ballot shall list the candidate’s name (as permitted by law) in the event that another candidate with the same last name files for the same office. The table below provides examples of what is and what is not acceptable for the candidate’s name on ballot if the candidate’s name is George Eugene Smith.
Download the State Board of Elections Nickname Guide (PDF) for a printable version of this content.
|Candidate Name on Ballots||Allowed (Example)||Not Allowed (Example)|
George E. Smith
G. Eugene Smith
George Smith, Jr.
George Smith III
George Smith, Esq.
George Smith, MD
||Mr. George Smith||
General George Smith
Judge George Smith
Hon. George Smith
George E. (Joey) Smith
George Eugene (Joey) Smith
Eugene (Joey) Smith
George (Da Bomb) Smith
George (Vote For Me) Smith
George (The Judge) Smith
George (Winner) Smith
||George Eugene-Smith (how candidate’s name appears on the voter registration record)||George Eugene Smith (not allowed unless voter registration has been updated)|