# DATE

Returns the specified date in **datetime** format.

## Syntax

```
DATE(<year>, <month>, <day>)
```

### Parameters

Term | Definition |
---|---|

year | A number representing the year. The value of the year argument can include one to four digits. The year argument is interpreted according to the date system used by your computer.Dates beginning with March 1, 1900 are supported. If you enter a number that has decimal places, the number is rounded. For values greater than 9999 or less than zero (negative values), the function returns a #VALUE! error.If the year value is between 0 and 1899, the value is added to 1900 to produce the final value. See the examples below. Note: You should use four digits for the year argument whenever possible to prevent unwanted results. For example, using 07 returns 1907 as the year value. |

month | A number representing the month or a calculation according to the following rules: Negative integers are not supported. Valid values are 1-12. If month is a number from 1 to 12, then it represents a month of the year. 1 represents January, 2 represents February, and so on until 12 that represents December.If you enter an integer larger than 12, the following computation occurs: the date is calculated by adding the value of month to the year. For example, if you have DATE( 2008, 18, 1), the function returns a datetime value equivalent to June 1st of 2009, because 18 months are added to the beginning of 2008 yielding a value of June 2009. See examples below. |

day | A number representing the day or a calculation according to the following rules: Negative integers are not supported. Valid values are 1-31. If day is a number from 1 to the last day of the given month then it represents a day of the month.If you enter an integer larger than last day of the given month, the following computation occurs: the date is calculated by adding the value of day to month. For example, in the formula `DATE( 2008, 3, 32)` , the DATE function returns a datetime value equivalent to April 1st of 2008, because 32 days are added to the beginning of March yielding a value of April 1st.If day contains a decimal portion, it is rounded to the nearest integer value. |

## Return value

Returns the specified date (**datetime)**.

## Remarks

The DATE function takes the integers that are input as arguments, and generates the corresponding date. The DATE function is most useful in situations where the year, month, and day are supplied by formulas. For example, the underlying data might contain dates in a format that is not recognized as a date, such as YYYYMMDD. You can use the DATE function in conjunction with other functions to convert the dates to a number that can be recognized as a date.

In contrast to Microsoft Excel, which stores dates as a serial number, DAX date functions always return a

**datetime**data type. However, you can use formatting to display dates as serial numbers if you want.Date and datetime can also be specified as a literal in the format

`dt"YYYY-MM-DD"`

,`dt"YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss"`

, or`dt"YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss"`

. When specified as a literal, using the DATE function in the expression is not necessary. To learn more, see DAX Syntax | Date and time.This function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.

## Examples

### Simple Date

The following formula returns the date July 8, 2009:

```
= DATE(2009,7,8)
```

### Years before 1899

If the value that you enter for the **year** argument is between 0 (zero) and 1899 (inclusive), that value is added to 1900 to calculate the year. The following formula returns January 2, 1908: (1900+08).

```
= DATE(08,1,2)
```

### Years after 1899

If **year** is between 1900 and 9999 (inclusive), that value is used as the year. The following formula returns January 2, 2008:

```
= DATE(2008,1,2)
```

### Months

If **month** is greater than 12, **month** adds that number of months to the first month in the year specified. The following formula returns the date February 2, 2009:

```
= DATE(2008,14,2)
```

### Days

If **day** is greater than the number of days in the month specified, **day** adds that number of days to the first day in the month. The following formula returns the date February 4, 2008:

```
= DATE(2008,1,35)
```

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