How to File for Office

Candidate Qualifications

All Candidates

  • must be eligible to vote in Minnesota

  • must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election

  • must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office

  • must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election

Candidates for federal office are exempt; see Additional Qualifications for Specific Offices

Become a Candidate 

Candidates are placed on a ballot in Minnesota after they file for office. Go to the Secretary of States website for a complete guide.