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Applying for Service Retirement

Employees can apply for service retirement online, in person, or by mail. It is recommended that employees begin planning for retirement one year before retirement.

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To file electronically, employees can log in to my|CalPERS. Go to the Retirement tab, select Apply for Retirement, and follow the steps for submitting your application and required documents online to CalPERS.

There are a number of benefits to filing for retirement electronically:

  • Easily and securely submit an application 24 hours a day.
  • Leave the online application and return at any point to complete it.
  • Prior to submission, review and edit information.
  • Receive confirmation that the application has been successfully submitted.
  • Submit additional required documents online.
  • Use the Electronic Signature to eliminate the notary requirement for the member signature.

For step-by-step instructions on filling out a paper service retirement application, employees can review the Service Retirement Election Application (PUB 43) or take the instructor-led or online Member Education class, Completing Your Retirement Application. For additional assistance, employees may make a one-on-one appointment at a CalPERS Regional Office. Employees may submit a hard copy retirement application and required documents in person at a CalPERS Regional Office or by mail.
Contact CalPERS at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) with retirement application questions.