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File an Oath of Office

Oaths of Office (La. R.S. 42:141)

All public officers shall take and subscribe to the oath of office required by the Louisiana Constitution, Article X, Section 30 before acting in their respective offices.

The secretary of state mails to each elected public officer a commission certificate, two Oath of Office Forms and an ID card at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the elected public officer's term of office.

The Code of Governmental Ethics is provided digitally on our website.

The following individuals can administer oaths of office:

  • governor;
  • secretary of state;
  • judges;
  • clerks of court;
  • notaries public; and
  • justices of peace.

Each public officer shall take his oath of office within 30 days after receipt of the commission. All state officers shall file their original oath of office with the secretary of state. All parish officials shall file an original with the secretary of state and a second original with the clerk of court in the parish where they are elected.

Information on the oath of office is entered into our database of elected and appointed officials, including name, address and telephone number(s). Information on oaths of office are public record.