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Power of Attorney

A CalPERS Special Power of Attorney allows you to designate a representative or agent, known as your attorney-in-fact, to conduct your retirement affairs. Having a CalPERS Special Power of Attorney on file with us ensures that your designated attorney-in-fact will be able to perform important duties concerning your CalPERS business, such as address changes, federal or State tax withholding elections, lost or stolen retirement checks, endorsing checks, beneficiary designations, or retirement benefit elections should you become unable to act on your own behalf.

While we prefer that CalPERS members use the CalPERS Special Power of Attorney form because it contains the durability clause, CalPERS will also accept other power of attorney forms that grant the attorney-in-fact authority to conduct business with us. However, should your power of attorney form not contain a durability clause, CalPERS will not be able to honor it if you become incapacitated.