Administer Oaths of Office


Who may administer oaths of office?

Chapter 602 of the Government Code governs who may administer oaths. An oath in this state may be administered and a certificate of the fact given by a number of individuals. For county officials, oaths are most commonly administered by:

  • a judge, retired judge, senior judge, clerk, or commissioner of a court of record;
  • a justice of the peace or a clerk of a justice court;
  • a notary public;
  • a legislator (or retired legislator); or
  • a county treasurer.

For more information and a complete list of those authorized to administer oaths of office, see our Oath & Bond Requirements for County Officials publication.