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Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Becoming Eligible for a Benefit

Once you have met the minimum service credit requirement, you will be vested. This means you will have earned the right to receive a retirement benefit, even if you leave public employment.

  • Tier 2 members must have five years of credited service.
  • Tier 5 and 6 members must have ten years of credited service.

Tier 2 and 5 members who are off public payroll may collect a vested retirement benefit at age 55. Tier 6 members who are off the public payroll may collect a vested benefit at age 63. The amount of your vested benefit is based on your service and your earnings when you were an active member.

Vesting is automatic — you do not have to fill out any paperwork or file an application to become vested. However, you will need to file an application to begin receiving your vested benefit.