Texas Emergency Services Retirement System

Current News
Membership Reconciliation Reports Due February 23, 2018

The February Membership Reconciliation Report (MRR) deadline is coming soon. Please hold a meeting of the Local Board to review the MRR and, if the report matches the department roster and membership, approve through our online database. 

If you need assistance completing the February MRR please email [email protected].
2017 Annual Reports Due January 31, 2018

The 2017 Annual Report deadline is coming soon. Complete the Annual Report before January 31, 2018 to avoid administrative penalties.

Extensions for the 2017 Annual Report are now closed.
State Board Adopts New Rules 1/3/2018

The State Board of Texas Emergency Services Retirement System has adopted the following changes to the Texas Administrative Code:

Rule §302.5 (Amendment) - These changes were adopted in order to protect the system benefits earned by volunteer firefighters and first responders. The changes require departments and the Local Board to correct any errors that have occurred in the system regarding the granting of qualified service and enrollment of members.

Rule § 302.6 (Repeal) - Due to changes in Rule 302.5, the agency was able to repeal Rule 302.6, since it became redundant.

Rule § 302.8 (Amendment) - This change was required in order to correctly reference our rules to statute. The change did not affect the current function of this rule.

Rule § 308.2 (Amendment) - This amendment was adopted to correct an error and conform the section with statute. This change allows the Executive Director to determine the merits of a retirement claim if a department does not meet within 16 days, as outlined in the Texas Government Code.

Rule § 310.12 (New) - Rule 310.12 is a new rule that mandates online access to the TESRS Database, requiring local boards to follow a process in order to access this system and to put security processes in place to help protect department and member information.

You can review the adoptions in the December 29th edition of the Texas Register

Annual Reports Now Accessible! 01/02/2018

It’s that time of year again! All departments that participate in TESRS are required to submit a completed Annual Report for calendar year 2017 by January 31, 2018. Before a Local Board can start the Annual Report, they will need to obtain online access to the TESRS database.

To gain access to the database the Local board must complete the following steps:

  1. Hold a meeting of the Local Board and designate a primary and a secondary user.
  2. Each of your users must complete a Confidentiality Agreement, this form must be signed by the user and the Local Board Chair. Return the form to the TESRS Executive Director by fax (512) 936-3480 or email to: [email protected].
  3. Once TESRS receives a signed Confidentiality Agreement from each of your department users, they will be granted login access.
  4. As Authorized Users, your department users will be able to add, edit, and terminate TESRS member records within the system on behalf of your Local Board
  5. TESRS will provide your users with instructional guides that offer detailed instructions for completing online functions.

Please review the TESRS 2017 Annual Report Instructions here.

Please contact [email protected] for more information on obtaining online access. Annual Report instructions will be distributed to all authorized users and Local Board contacts.

State Board Seeking Public Comment Regarding Rule Changes- 01/2/2018

The State Board of Texas Emergency Services Retirement System is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes published in the December 29th edition of the Texas Register. There were proposed changes to the following rules: 

Rule §308.4 - a proposed amendment to clarify the award of non-service death benefits and provide a benefit to the surviving spouse of an inactive, vested member who dies before applying for a retirement benefit.

Rule §310.9 - a proposed amendment to correct the language in the rule in order to follow statute.

You can find the full text of the proposed rules in the December 29, 2017 edition of the Texas Register here.

The comment period will be open until January 28, 2018. Please email all comments to [email protected] for consideration by the State Board.

We Want Your Former Members to Retire!- 10/25/2017

The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System office is sending letters to vested-terminated members (over age 55) throughout our system to encourage them to file for retirement.  You would think that these members would jump at the chance to get a check from the State for the rest of their life; however, the response has been slow.


We need your help. If you know any former members who are eligible to retire, please encourage them to file the application with our office.

If you are a vested member age 55 or older who is eligible to retire, complete a Retirement Application and TESRS Withholding Form to start receiving a lifetime annuity from TESRS. 

If you have any questions about your service history or need assistance completing the Retirement Application, please submit a "Contact Us" request and we will reach out to you.