Date picker

A date picker helps users select a single date.

<div class="usa-form-group">
  <label class="usa-label" id="appointment-date-label" for="appointment-date"
    >Appointment date</label
  <div class="usa-hint" id="appointment-date-hint">mm/dd/yyyy</div>
  <div class="usa-date-picker">


When to use the date picker component

  • Scheduling. When users need to schedule or record an event and benefit from the context of a calendar.
  • When the day of the week is important. When knowing the day of the week helps users choose a specific date.

When to consider something else

  • Familiar dates. When asking users for a date they know well, or can look up without using a calendar (like a birthday), use memorable date fields.
  • When the day of the week is irrelevant. If there’s no benefit to knowing the day of the week for a particular date, consider memorable date fields.

Usability guidance

  • Describe the date format. Provide a hint of mm/dd/yyyy to help users enter the proper date format if they opt not to use the date picker.


  • Customize form controls accessibly. If you customize this component, ensure that it continues to meet the accessibility requirements that apply to all form controls.
  • Avoid auto-submission. Don’t use JavaScript to automatically submit the form (or do anything else) when an option is selected. Auto-submission disrupts screen readers because they select each option as they read them.
  • Instructions for keyboard navigation You can navigate this component using the following commands (Mac-equivalent commands are in parentheses):
    • Days use left and right arrows
    • Weeks use up and down arrows
    • Months by using page up (fn + up arrow) and page down (fn + down arrow)
    • Years by using shift + page up (shift + fn + up arrow) and shift + page down (shift + fn + down arrow)
    • Home (fn + left arrow) and End (fn + right arrow) keys navigate to the beginning and end of a week

Using the date picker component

  • Properties. The following properties modify component functionality. These properties can be set or adjusted at any time before or after initialization in order to have an effect.

    Property Element Description



    The date picker will not allow a date selection before this date. The date should be in the format YYYY-MM-DD. Typing in an earlier date will cause native form validation error. A default min date or 0000-01-01 is used as a default.



    The date picker will not allow a date selection after this date. The date should be in the format YYYY-MM-DD. Typing in a later date will cause native form validation error. There is no default maximum date.



    The date picker will show a range selection from the range date. The date should be in the format YYYY-MM-DD.

  • Initialization properties. The following properties update the component during initialization. These properties must be set before the component is initialized in order to have an effect.

    Property Element Description



    The date picker component will be required in terms of native form validation.



    The date picker component will be disabled/readonly. You can re-enable by executing the enable procedure on the component.



    The date picker input will set this value if it is a valid date. The date should be in the format YYYY-MM-DD.

  • Procedures. The following static procedures update the component after initialization. These are in addition to the primary methods referenced in the JS customization documentation.

    Procedure Parameters Description


    .usa-date-picker element

    The date picker component will be enabled.


    .usa-date-picker element

    The date picker component will be disabled / read-only.

Date picker settings

This component has no settings.

Date picker variants

This component has no variants.


  • Package usage: @forward "usa-date-picker";
  • Dependencies: uswds-fonts, usa-icon, usa-input

Latest updates

Meaningful code and guidance updates are listed in the following table:

Date USWDS version Affects Breaking Description
2023-03-09 N/A

Updated documentation for accessibility guidance. Added instructions for keyboard navigation. More information: uswds-site#1695

2022-08-05 3.1.0
  • Accessibility
  • Styles

Styled aria-disabled to match disabled. Now disabled styling is applied whether you use disabled (disabled and hidden from screen readers) or aria-disabled (disabled and visible to screen readers). More information: uswds#4783

2022-06-17 3.0.2
  • Accessibility
  • Styles

Improved date picker display at very narrow widths. We improved the display of the date picker at very narrow widths so there are no UX inconsistencies when the date picker is in a form at less than 320px width. This assures that date picker conforms to WCAG 2.1. More information: uswds#4770

2022-06-17 N/A
  • Guidance

Updated the documentation for initialization properties. Changed the initialization element from select to input. More information: uswds-site#1605

2022-04-28 N/A
  • Guidance

Updated package name to usa-date-picker. More information: uswds-site#1538

2022-04-28 3.0.0
  • Assets
  • JavaScript
  • Styles

Breaking Updated to Sass module syntax and new package structure. More information: uswds#4656

2022-04-13 N/A
  • Guidance

Updated package name to form-controls. More information: uswds-site#1497

2022-04-11 2.13.3
  • Accessibility
  • Styles

Added support for high contrast mode and forced colors. All our components now support proper display when users have a forced colors mode set in their operating system. More information: uswds#4610

2022-01-20 2.13.1
  • JavaScript

Fixed date picker input bug in Safari. We fixed a bug where date picker selections would not propagate into the input field in Safari. More information: uswds#4456

2021-12-14 2.13.0
  • Accessibility
  • Markup

Improved screen reader experience. Now screen readers can better describe the label and description of a date picker input. More information: uswds#4414

2021-11-01 2.12.2
  • JavaScript

Added automatic sanitizing. The design system now automatically sanitizes content in elements we compose with JavaScript. This means that components like combo box, tooltip, file input, and date picker will sanitize any content passed to them. This helps protect any design system implementation against malicious XSS attacks through these components. More information: uswds#4329

2021-08-18 2.12.1
  • JavaScript

Improved performance of date picker and combo box JavaScript. More information: uswds#4256