Parts of government forms

Date adopted: 
February 21, 2018
Last update: 
May 21, 2024

This page lays out all the parts that make up a form and their order. We've standardized the wording and formatting for each of these parts to:

  • ensure all government forms are consistent; and
  • make sure they meet the government's writing and user experience standards. 

Web form parts

This is the order you must present content to users for web forms. You must also apply the government's online design patterns to your form. 

  • bridge page. The user journey must start on This page links them from to the service.
  • Start page 
    • Data collection notice
  • Body of the form made up of individual web form pages
  • Check answers page (disclaimers, acknowledgements and declarations)
  • Payment page (only if you take payment via the web form)
  • Confirmation page

PDF form parts

Content in all public-facing PDF forms should follow this structure.