A member of the United States Armed Services whose Home of Record with the military is Texas is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are his or her spouse and dependent children. A member whose Home of Record is not Texas but who provides the institution Leave and Earnings Statements that show the member has claimed Texas as his or her place of residence for the 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are his or her spouse and dependent children.
If you are a member of the military and your Home of Record at the time of entry into the services was not Texas, you may be able to change your residence to Texas while in the military. First, you must be assigned to duty in Texas for at least 12 consecutive months during which you file proper documentation with the military to change your permanent residence to Texas. Second, you must meet at least four of the eight conditions listed below for the 12 months prior to enrollment:
- Purchase a residence in Texas and claim it as a homestead;
- Register to vote in Texas;
- Register an automobile in Texas;
- Maintain a Texas driver's license;
- Maintain a checking account, savings account, or safety deposit box in Texas;
- Have a will or other legal documents on file in Texas that indicate residence in Texas;
- Have membership in professional organizations or other state organizations; and/or
- Establish a business in Texas
If you did not select Texas as your Home of Record when you entered the service, and you have not taken steps to change your permanent residence with the military to Texas, you may still qualify for a waiver under Texas statutes.