Retirement applications are accepted up to 120 days before your date of retirement or up to 60 days after your date of retirement to qualify for a retroactive payment. If we receive your retirement applications received more than 60 days after your last date of employment, the earliest retirement date possible is 15 days after your application is received. Disability Retirement or Termination Retirement applications take more time to process and require Board approval.
If you have questions, walk-in hours are available at both our Boston and Springfield offices Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please note: MSRB staff does not schedule appointments for walk-in hours. You can also call either office with your questions.
All required applications are available in the Forms and Publications section.
What to Include with Your Retirement Application
All retirement applications need to include a copy of your birth certificate, a tax withholding form, veteran's discharge papers (if applicable), a direct deposit form, and a signed copy of the option you are choosing.
If you are married, your spouse must sign and witness your option form.
If you are naming a beneficiary under Option C a copy of their birth certificate must also accompany the application. If the option C beneficiary is your spouse, we will also need a copy of your marriage license.
Before You Retire
If you ever worked for another State, City, County, or Municipality and took a refund of your money when you left, you may be eligible to buy your time back. In order for all of this time to qualify, you must complete the buyback before you retire. Please see our buyback information page for more.
If you believe you should retire under Group 2 or Group 4, you must submit Application for Group Classification and be approved by the Board prior to retiring. For more information Group Classification Introduction