Texas Emergency Services Retirement System

Retirement Process

Are you ready to receive your monthly TESRS retirement?

                      - Are you 55 years of age or older?
                      - Do you have at least 10 years of TESRS qualified service?

If your answer to these questions is YES, then you are eligible to apply and start receiving your TESRS retirement benefit. Remember: you must apply for retirement in order to receive your benefit, and there are no back payments made if you are over age 55 and never submitted an application.

Keep in mind that retirement from your department and your retirement in the TESRS System are not always the same. You may retire as a member of TESRS, start receiving your monthly benefit, and continue to volunteer at your department. Remember, you will no longer gain years of qualified service once you've applied for retirement in our System. 

Your retirement from TESRS is effective the first day of the month following the month that TESRS receives your completed Service Retirement Application Packet.

Be sure that your packet is complete and that you have included your email address! Using email to process and certify your application is more efficient than standard mail, and may help you receive your first payment sooner.

How to apply for your TESRS cash benefit

Step 1: Review the Service Retirement Letter

Step 2: Complete and sign the following documents -

Step 3 : Mail or fax your TESRS Service Retirement Application Packet to the TESRS Benefits Team located at: 

P.O. Box 12577

Austin, Texas 78711

Fax: 512-936-3480

Step 4: Review your TESRS Service Retirement Certification (SRC) -

  • Your benefits specialist will send you your SRC for your approval. If we have your email address, we will email your SRC to you via DocuSign which will expedite the certification process.

  • If you have any questions about your TESRS qualified service provided on your SRC, do not sign the document and contact TESRS.
  • Any disputes regarding your qualified service must be resolved between you and your Local Board.

After your approval, your SRC is sent to your Local Board for certification

  • After your approval, your SRC is sent to your Local Board for certification

Step 5: Local Board Certification -

  • Your Local Board must hold a meeting within 16 days of receipt of your SRC to review and certify your information provided on the SRC.
  • The Local Board presiding officer certifies the SRC by signature.
  • The Local Board returns your certified SRC to our office.

Step 6: TESRS Executive Director’s Approval –

  • Your certified SRC receives a final review for completeness.
  • The TESRS Executive Director approves your SRC.
  • Your TESRS first monthly benefit is scheduled for payment!