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The statewide header puts a standard header at the very top of your site. Having a common header tells people that the website is an official product of the State of California, which increases user trust.

It includes:

  • The logo, which links to
  • The text “Official website of the State of California” (on desktop) or “State of California” (on mobile)

When and how to use it

The statewide header is a required Design System component. Place it at the top of the website, above the department branding (site header) and all other content.

If you want to include a translation widget in the statewide header, reach out through our Contact us page to find out how you can do so.

How not to use it

Do not add other elements to or change the statewide header. Use it only as designed.

Do not combine the statewide header with department name or logo, navigation, or information. This is contained in the site header.

Demo and sample markup


<div class="official-header">
  <div class="container">
    <div class="official-logo">
      <a class="cagov-logo" href="" target="_blank">
          viewBox="0 0 44 34"
          style="enable-background:new 0 0 44 34;"
          <title id="cagov-logo--title"> Logo</title>
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            <path class="gov" d="M16.8,27.2c0.4,0,0.8,0.2,1.1,0.5c0.3,0.3,0.5,0.7,0.5,1.1c0,0.4-0.2,0.8-0.5,1.1c-0.3,0.3-0.7,0.5-1.1,0.5 c-0.4,0-0.8-0.2-1.1-0.5c-0.3-0.3-0.5-0.7-0.5-1.1c0-0.4,0.2-0.8,0.5-1.1C16,27.4,16.4,27.2,16.8,27.2L16.8,27.2z" />
            <path class="gov" d="M26.7,22.9l-1.1,1.1c-0.7-0.8-1.5-1.1-2.5-1.1c-0.8,0-1.5,0.3-2.1,0.8c-0.6,0.6-0.8,1.2-0.8,2 c0,0.8,0.3,1.5,0.9,2.1c0.6,0.6,1.3,0.8,2.2,0.8c0.6,0,1-0.1,1.4-0.3c0.4-0.2,0.7-0.6,0.9-1.1h-2.4v-1.5h4.2l0,0.4 c0,0.7-0.2,1.4-0.6,2.1c-0.4,0.7-0.9,1.2-1.5,1.5c-0.6,0.3-1.3,0.5-2.1,0.5c-0.9,0-1.7-0.2-2.3-0.6c-0.7-0.4-1.2-0.9-1.6-1.6 c-0.4-0.7-0.6-1.5-0.6-2.3c0-1.1,0.4-2.1,1.1-2.9c0.9-1,2-1.5,3.4-1.5c0.7,0,1.4,0.1,2.1,0.4C25.7,22,26.2,22.4,26.7,22.9 L26.7,22.9z" />
            <path class="gov" d="M32.2,21.4c1.2,0,2.2,0.4,3.1,1.3c0.9,0.9,1.3,1.9,1.3,3.2c0,1.2-0.4,2.3-1.3,3.1c-0.8,0.9-1.9,1.3-3.1,1.3 c-1.3,0-2.3-0.4-3.2-1.3c-0.8-0.9-1.3-1.9-1.3-3.1c0-0.8,0.2-1.5,0.6-2.2c0.4-0.7,0.9-1.2,1.6-1.6C30.7,21.5,31.4,21.4,32.2,21.4 L32.2,21.4z M32.2,22.9c-0.8,0-1.4,0.3-2,0.8c-0.5,0.5-0.8,1.2-0.8,2.1c0,0.9,0.3,1.7,1,2.2c0.5,0.4,1.1,0.6,1.8,0.6 c0.8,0,1.4-0.3,1.9-0.8c0.5-0.6,0.8-1.2,0.8-2c0-0.8-0.3-1.5-0.8-2C33.6,23.2,33,22.9,32.2,22.9L32.2,22.9z" />
            <polygon class="gov" points="36.3,21.6 38,21.6 40.1,27.6 42.2,21.6 43.9,21.6 40.8,30 39.3,30 36.3,21.6" />
      <p class="official-tag">
      <span class="desktop-only">Official website of the&nbsp;</span>
      <span>State of California</span></p>
    <cagov-google-translate />


Machine nameds-statewide-header

Project installation

The instructions assume familiarity with npm package management tool and Sass.

  1. Include SCSS in your compiler.
  2. Add the sample markup from the component to your HTML.

CDN installation

We recommend using a build system and bundling your CSS for faster performance. If you do not use a build system, you can include the code from our CDN with a link tag.


<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

CSS variables

The following CSS variables are used in this component:

  • --black
  • --white
  • --gray-200
  • --gray-50
  • --accent2-500
  • --cagov-highlight
  • --cagov-primary-dark
  • --s-1
  • --s-2
  • --font-size-sm
  • --radius-2

All CSS variables define their own fallback value so you do not have to use additional CSS unless you want to change them. You may define your own value for the variable by adding your own style rules. Here is an example defining the global hex value for a CSS variable named “--primary-700”:


:root {
  --primary-700: #165ac2;


Component-specific accessibility review

  • Make sure that statewide header’s links have solid, 2px outline that uses —-highlight-color variable on focused state.
  • Make sure that cagov-logo link has title or aria-label attribute in it, so screen readers users would understand what is that link about.
  • Make sure that svg icon inside of the cagov-logo has aria-hidden=”true” attribute, so it is hidden from assistive technologies.

Standard accessibility review

As a component in Alpha status, this component must pass the following accessibility reviews every time a new version is published:

  • Tested with the axe accessibility tool and passes all automated WCAG Level AA checks
  • Reviewed with the VoiceOver screen reader on desktop
  • Verified keyboard navigation and that all actionable elements of the component are reachable via keyboard commands only
  • Reviewed component layout on a variety of screen sizes

Progressive enhancement

This is an HTML- and CSS-only component. JavaScript is not required. It uses CSS variables to inherit design token values. Token definitions are not required because these style rules provide fallback values.

Content model

Use this component as-is. It is fixed and includes all necessary content.

The official tag is a string that may require that you verify that it translates successfully.

Contributor/developer documentation