Welcome to the Candidate Filing page of the Secretary of State’s Election Center. This section includes information about the filing process, filing dates, campaign finance reporting requirements, and a list of guides and resources designed for candidates and their campaigns.
***IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CANDIDATE BANK ACCOUNTS***
Pursuant to NRS 294A.130, all candidates for public office must open a bank account in a financial institution in the United States for the deposit of any contributions received. This account must be separate from all other accounts (it cannot be combined with the candidate's personal bank account) and must be established no later than one week after receiving a contribution of $100 or more.
The Secretary of State's office has recently become aware that some candidates are having a difficult time opening a bank account in accordance with NRS 294A.130. This is likely due to a new Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) that goes into effect May 2018. The Secretary of State's office has been in discussion with the Nevada Bankers Association and issues the following guidance for candidates when opening a bank account.
Let the bank know that you are interested in opening a "candidate account." A candidate account falls under the category of a non-formally organized unincorporated association or club account. To prevent potential confusion, avoid using the words "political account" or "political office account."
You will be required to complete a W9 signature card that includes either your Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
A valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, U.S. passport, or military ID is required to serve as your primary identification.
You will likely need a secondary ID (some banks will require it), such as a major credit card or student ID. A utility bill bearing your name and address, a rental agreement with a current address, documentation of home ownership, a work ID, social security card, or a birth certificate are among the other forms of identification a bank may accept as secondary identification.
A copy of your declaration of candidacy will be helpful if you have already filed for office, but it is not required in order to open a candidate account.
If you have any questions regarding this information, or if you experience any difficulty in opening a candidate bank account, please contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (775) 684-5705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate filing for the 2018 primary and general election begins on March 5th. Appointments are not required but are available. To schedule a filing appointment with the Elections Division, please call 775-684-5705 or send an email to email@example.com.