Frequently asked questions for persons who may be required to file a statement of financial affairs with the PDC.


Who must file a personal financial affairs statement?

  • A candidate running for an office in a jurisdiction with at least 2,000 registered voters (candidates in jurisdictions with fewer voters file if they raise or expect to raise at least $5,000)
  • Elected officials and individuals appointed to fill unexpired terms in jurisdictions with at least 2,000 registered voters
  • State agency directors
  • Members of certain state boards & commissions as set forth in RCW 42.17A.705(4)
  • Legislative and gubernatorial professional staff
  • State 4-year university & college presidents, regents, and trustees
  • Community college district & campus presidents and trustees
  • Technical college trustees
  • Charter school directors

When are reports due?

  • Candidates file within two weeks of becoming a candidate.

  • An individual appointed to position required to file must file the initial report within two weeks of the appointment.

  • Office holders file annually, by April 15, for as long as the person holds office. A final report is filed once the person leaves office.

Where do I file PDC reports?

All filers submit their reports to the PDC.

King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties and the City of Seattle have enacted and enforce local filing requirements.  Get more information ...

What is the “reporting period?”

If you are a candidate, your reporting period is the previous 12 months from the date you are filing the F-1. If you are newly appointed to an elected office or state appointive office, your reporting period is the previous 12 months from your effective appointment date. If you are an annual filer, your reporting period is the previous calendar year. The electronic filing application will determine the correct filing period for you based on your answers to the initial questions. 

I’m running for a volunteer office. Why do I have to provide such in-depth, personal information?

Washington’s disclosure laws, including the F-1 filing requirement, were enacted by voters through the initiative process.  The F-1 basically serves as a conflict of interest statement.  Completing it allows you the chance to review your assets and property holdings each year so that you might be aware when conflicts arise.  It also allows the public an opportunity to review whether officials might appear to have conflicts.