Biennial Verification Process (MSRB)

Every two years, the State Retirement Board conducts a benefit verification process (BVF), mandated by state regulations.

All benefit recipients must demonstrate that they remain eligible to continue receiving benefits. Failure to properly complete and promptly return your form to the Board may result in the suspension or termination of your benefits.

Purpose and General Information

State regulations (PERAC Regulations 840 CMR 15.01) require the benefit verification no less frequently than once every two years for each member or beneficiary who receives a pension, retirement allowance, or survivor's allowance.

Forms should be sent to:

State Retirement Board
P.O. Box 189 
Boston, MA 02133

You may request a duplicate Benefit Verification Form by calling 617-367-7770. One of our counselors will be able to send you a duplicate right away. The Massachusetts State Retirement Board (MSRB) does not send confirmation receipts. 

Retirees Collecting More Than One Pension

If you're collecting a second pension from another retirement board, for example a retiree with the State Board of Retirement is also a survivor of a retiree with the Boston Retirement Board, they must complete one BVF for each Board. The two BVFs received will not look the same and the return address will be for the corresponding Board.

If you are a retiree AND a survivor or a retiree collecting two checks from the Massachusetts State Retirement Board (MSRB), you do not need to complete two forms. 

Notarizing Your Form

Most banks will notarize documents for their customers free of charge. You can also try contacting your local council on aging or city/town hall. Our Boston office also has notaries on hand that can assist you. Unfortunately, notary service is not available in our Springfield office at this time.

If a power of attorney (POA) or guardian is completing the form, the form must still be notarized.

A family member may NOT notarize your form.

Tips for finding a notary in Massachusetts

Note for Disabled Retirees

If you are disabled and cannot leave your home, the Board will accept a letter from a licensed physician attesting to the fact the member is alive but incapable of completing the form In lieu of a notarized BVF. The letter should be attached to the BVF. Please see page 2, Section 4 of your form.

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