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 answers to these questions are YES, then you are eligible to apply and start receiving your TESRS retirement benefit payment. 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 payment, and continue to volunteer for your department. It's up to you and your department if you may continue to volunteer.

As a retiree, even though you may continue to volunteer, you will no longer gain years of qualified service in the pension system and you will no longer be covered by TESRS active member death and disability benefits.

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.

Step 5: 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!