How can I find out about the retirement benefits to which I am now entitled or to which I may be entitled in the future?
Within 30 days of receiving a written request from you or your authorized representative, your board must provide you with a written notice of the estimated benefits to which you are or may be entitled and the dates upon which you would become eligible to receive such benefits.
When may I
file for retirement?
If you are actively employed or on a leave of absence, you can apply to your retirement board no earlier than four months before your intended date of retirement. Members of Groups 1, 2, and 4 must file a written retirement application with their respective employer, in addition to the form filed with their retirement board.
Will my retirement
board ask me or my beneficiaries
to produce additional information?
Retirement boards may request copies of particular certified records which are required by provisions of Chapter 32 or by rules and regulations of their own which are consistent with the law.
Among the documents which the board could ask you to submit are: birth certificates for you and your spouse, a marriage certificate, veteran's discharge papers, verification of student status, and proof of age for your dependent children.
May I apply
for more than one type of retirement?
You may file simultaneous applications for superannuation, accidental, and ordinary disability, if you are eligible.
When can I
start to collect my retirement benefits?
You should contact your board about when you can expect to receive your first payment after your retirement allowance has been calculated and approved. After the initial payment, allowance checks are due and payable on the last day of each month.
I allowed to withdraw my retirement
application after I have submitted
it to my retirement board?
Subject to the approval of your retirement board, you may withdraw your voluntary retirement application at any time prior to receiving your initial payment.
What are the
provisions pertaining to the payment
of small allowances?
Unless your normal yearly retirement allowance is less than $600 a year, it must be paid to you in lifetime monthly payments.
If your normal yearly retirement allowance is computed to be between $360 and $600, you may choose between a lump sum refund of your deductions, or a monthly allowance.
$360 a Year
If your normal yearly retirement allowance is computed to be less than $360 a year, you will be paid the full amount of your accumulated total deductions in a lump sum instead of an allowance.
Those individuals who received compensation from two or more governmental units on or after January 1, 2010 may receive a retirement allowance of less than $360 if they so desire.