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.