DFW Residential Homestead Information


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Effective September 1, 2011, in order to qualify for a Residential Homestead Exemption you must provide the following to the Appraisal District when submitting your application:


*Valid Texas Drivers License or Texas State Identification Card

*The address on your Drivers License or State ID card must match the physical address of the residence for which you are applying.

*Vehicle registration receipt

*The address on your vehicle registration must match the physical address of the residence for which you are applying.


All three (residence, drivers license/state id card, and vehicle registration) MUST have the same address. 


What exemptions are available to homeowners?

There are various types of exemptions available:

  • General Residential Homestead
  • Age 65 or Older (commonly referred to as Over 65)
  • Over-55 Surviving Spouse of a Person Who Received an Over 65
  • Disabled Person
  • 100% Disabled Veteran's Homestead and Surviving Spouses
  • Service-Connected Disabled Veteran and Surviving Spouses (not limited to residence homestead)


Do all homes qualify for a homestead exemption?

No. Only a homeowner's principal residence qualifies. To qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead. The home's owner must be an individual (for example: not a corporation or other business entity) and occupy the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year.


What qualifies as a homestead?

    A homestead is a structure (including a condominium or a manufactured home) that is designed and occupied for use as a residence. A homestead can include up to 20 acres of land, if the land is owned by the homeowner and used for residential purposes.


    When should I file an application for a homestead exemption?

    For a general exemption you should file your exemption application between January 1 and April 30. Early applications will not be accepted. For Over 65 or Disabled Person Exemptions; if you turn 65, become totally disabled or purchase a property during this year, you can apply to activate the Over 65 Exemption or Disabled Person Exemption for this year. You have one year from the date you qualify to apply for the exemptions for the tax year you first qualified. For example; if you turn 65 during the year you have until your 66th birthday to apply to receive the exemption for the tax year in which you turned 65.