Proclamations are an excellent way of providing valuable education and information to the citizens of Arizona. Proclamations are provided by Governor Ducey's Office of Constituent Services. The Governor's Office handles as many requests as possible, in accordance with a set of long-standing guidelines. At his discretion, Governor Ducey will issue recognition for noteworthy events, as a courtesy to Arizona residents. These public service documents are strictly honorary and are not legally binding. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Governor reserves the right to decline any request for a proclamation/commendation or to make exception to the following guidelines:
- Proclamation requests are accepted no less than six (6) weeks but no more than twelve (12) weeks in advance of the event date or proclaimed date.
- Proclamations recognize a day, week, or month.
- Proclamations are issued for Arizona residents or approved non-profit organizations with preferably statewide, but at least regional interest. Local (city or county wide) proclamations can be issued by local officials (mayors or county commissioners).
- Proclamations will not name for-profit organizations.
- Proclamations are issued for one period of time only. For example, if “Litter Cleanup Day” is proclaimed on January 1, then “Litter Cleanup Week” and “Litter Cleanup Month” will not be proclaimed in the same year. Arizona organizations are encouraged to coordinate their efforts with other similar groups before contacting the Governor’s office. Organizations are encouraged to request proclamations that coincide with national or state- designated dates.
- Requests that are similar to already issued proclamations will be declined. For example, if “Ballet Week” was proclaimed in January and a request for “Ballet Dance Month” is received in June, the request for “Ballet Month” would be declined.
- Proclamations are not issued for conferences, birthdays, retirements, weddings, or anniversaries. An exception may be made when a large statewide organization is celebrating a milestone anniversary in conjunction with a state convention. The Governor may declare to honor an anniversary of the association in conjunction with the convention. Another exception may be made when a national organization is holding a national meeting in Arizona. The Governor may issue a recognition in honor of the state and national organization in conjunction with its convention.
- When submitting a request for a Proclamation, you must include 3-4 “Whereas” clauses, none longer than three lines per clause.
Commendations are issued to recognize the achievements of citizens of Arizona.
Commendation requests are accepted no less than six (6) weeks but no more than twelve (12) weeks in advance.
Reasons for requesting a Commendation may include:
- Recognition of an accomplishment such as Eagle Scouts or a Girl Scouts Gold Award.
- Birthdays (age 70 and older), newborns, anniversaries (25 years or more), and weddings.
- Retirement from government service
- Noteworthy time in public service or volunteer work.
- To welcome a group or individual to the state for a conference or event.
Light the Dome
At his discretion, Governor Ducey will issue the lighting of the Capitol Dome as a courtesy or recognition to Arizona residents and communities. Lighting the Capitol Dome is strictly honorary and is not legally binding. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The Governor reserves the right to decline any request to light the Capitol Dome.
All requests must be submitted at least six (6) weeks before the lighting date(s). Please allow approximately two (2) weeks for processing. Requests will not be accepted more than six (6) months in advance of the lighting date(s). Please note that this timeline is specific to lighting requests, not proclamations or commendation requests. All lighting requests must include the color in which you wish to light the Dome.
Terms & Guidelines
The Governor’s Office reserves the right to decline requests and make exceptions to any of the following guidelines:
- All requests should be from Arizona residents.
- Draft requests should not be longer than one page.
- At least six (6) weeks notice is required to provide Commendations, Proclamations and to light the Capitol Dome.
- Draft language may be edited and rewritten at the discretion of the Governor’s Office.
- Every request must gain official approval before being issued.
All requests must be submitted in writing through the fillable form on this website