District of Columbia Republican Party

Instructions for Presidential Candidates

For a complete copy of the Party Platform and Bylaws of the District of Columbia Republican Party, please visit us online at www.DCGOP.com.


In order to qualify for the DC Republican Party presidential preference vote, a presidential candidate must complete the DC GOP Standard Form (below) and either:

(1) Pay a filing fee of $12,500 on or before 5:00 PM EST, Monday, January 4, 2016; or

(2) Submit a valid petition of at least 150 duly registered and qualified Republican voters from the District of Columbia and submit a payment in the amount of $7,500 on or before 5:00 PM EST, Monday, January 4, 2016. Checks should be made payable to the “DC Republican Party.”

Filing documentation for presidential campaigns (DC GOP Standard Form, filing fee of $12,500 or $7,500, and petitions) must be delivered by the presidential candidate’s representative(s) to the DC GOP in the following fashion: (A) DC GOP Standard Form may be emailed, mailed, or hand delivered; (B) filing fee may mailed or hand delivered; and (C) Petitions may be mailed or hand delivered (NOTE: Only petitions that are hand delivered will receive a receipt). Presidential Candidates, Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention will be elected at the District of Columbia Republican State Convention on March 12, 2016.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015: First day for Presidential candidates to submit standard form with fee of $12,500 for Option #1 filing.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015:  Presidential candidates to pick up petitions for Option #2 filing.
  • November/December, 2015 (Date TBD): First day for Delegate candidates to pick up petitions.
  • Monday, January 4, 2016 (5:00 PM EST) Standard Forms, petitions and payments due.
  • Friday, February 12, 2016: Delegate Ballot Access: Delegate Standard Form and (1) Petitions and/or (2) $50 fee due in person.
  • Monday, February 15, 2016: First day for Presidential campaigns to endorse up to 32 Delegates.
  • Monday, February 29: Last day for Presidential campaigns to endorse Delegate candidates, and last day Delegate candidates may accept or reject the Presidential campaign endorsement.
  • Early March 2016: DC Republican Party Lincoln Douglass Day Dinner.
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: DC Republican Presidential Candidate & Delegate Selection Convention.

Download the DC GOP Standard Form for Presidential Candidates

Please address specific questions to Patrick.Mara@dcgop.com