What You Need To Know About Declarations - Please Read Carefully
Declarations are nonbinding documents signed by the Governor of Utah in recognition of special events or significant issues. The Office of the Governor will issue one original Declaration free of charge as a public service to Utah residents.
Requests for declarations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Office of the Governor reserves the right to deny any such request for any reason.
Requirements and Guidelines
- Declarations are issued to current Utah agencies and organizations. Out-of-state requests will not be considered.
- Requests must be made 45 days in advance of the date the declaration is needed.
- Declarations recognize a day or week and will be issued no more than once each year for nonprofit organizations with statewide interest. Utah organizations are encouraged to coordinate their efforts with similar groups and state agencies before contacting the Office of the Governor.
- Declarations are generally not issued for conferences, birthdays, retirements, weddings, anniversaries, individual recognition, or private businesses.
- Declarations may not be used for fundraising purposes. Declarations may not be used as part of an advertisement or commercial promotion without written authorization from the Office of the Governor. Any use of a declaration in a news release or other type of publication must be approved by the Office of the Governor prior to publication.
- Draft language may be modified or rewritten at the discretion of the Office of the Governor.
- Once a request has been made, a member of the Governor’s staff will contact you to inform you of the decision regarding the request.
What to Include in Your Request
- Contact person’s name, address, email address, and telephone number.
- A brief summary or background of the event or organization.
- The name of the declaration to be issued.
- A draft declaration of 200 words or less.
- An indication as to whether you want the declaration mailed, prepared for pick-up, or signed in your presence on declarations day. Your request to have a declaration signed in your presence must be approved and confirmed by the Declarations Director and is limited to the Governor's availability. Signing dates and times may vary according to the Governor's schedule.
- If your group has previously visited the Office of the Governor, your declaration will be issued by mail in order to provide an opportunity for those who have not visited the Office of the Governor on declaration day.
- Pending approval, at the signing we can accommodate up to 10 people.
- All declaration requests must be in writing and may be submitted online.
Utah Governor's Office
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220