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Form 2204 - Oath of Office
The attached form is designed to meet minimal constitutional filing requirements pursuant to the relevant provisions.
This form and the information provided are not substitutes for the advice and services of an attorney.
Execution and Delivery Instructions
An Oath of Office that is required to be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State is considered filed
once it has been received by this office. The Oath of Office may be administered to you by a person
authorized under the provisions of Chapter 602 of the Texas Government Code. Authorized persons
commonly used to administer oaths include notaries public and j udges.
Mail: P.O. Box 12887, Austin, Texas 78711-2887.
Oath should also be
mailed to the
executed Oath may
to firstname.lastname@example.org. If
email, the original Oath should also be mailed to the appropriate address above.
NOTE: Do not have the Oath of Office administered to you before executing and filing the Statement
of Officer (Form 2201 – commonly referred to as the “Anti-Bribery Statement”) with the Office of
the Secretary of State.
Pursuant to art. XVI, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution, the Oath of Office may not be taken until a
Statement of Officer (see Form 2201) has been subscribed to and, as required, filed with the Office of
the Secretary of State. Additionally, gubernatorial appointees who are appointed during a legislative
session may not execute their Oath until after confirmation by the Senate. Tex. Const. art. IV, Section
Officers Required to File Oath of Office with the Secretary of State:
Appellate and district court judges
Officers appointed by the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, or the State Bar of
Associate judges appointed under subchapter B or C, chapter 201 of the Texas Family Code
Directors of districts operating pursuant to chapter 36 or 49 of the Texas Water Code file a
duplicate original of their Oath of Office within 10 days of its execution. Texas Water Code,
Sections 36.055(d) and 49.055(d)
Officers Not Required to File Oath of Office with the Secretary of State:
Members of the Legislature elected to a regular term of office will have their Oath of Office
administered in chambers on the opening day of the session and recorded in the appropriate
Journal. Members elected to an unexpired term of office should file their Oath of Office with
either the Chief Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate, as appropriate.