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Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Vested Retirement Benefit

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Eligibility

You are eligible for a vested retirement benefit if you leave public employment before retirement age and you have met the minimum service requirement. Tier 2 members must have five years of credited member service. Tier 5 and 6 members must have ten years of service credit. When you reach retirement age, you will be entitled to a retirement benefit based on your service and salary earned when you were an active member.

The date you are eligible to retire depends on your tier:

  • Tier 2 — the first of the month following your 55th birthday.
  • Tier 5 — your 55th birthday.
  • Tier 6 — your 63rd birthday.
Your Vested Benefit

Your vested retirement benefit is 1.66 percent of your FAS for each year of credited service. The retirement benefit is payable for your lifetime. You may elect one of several payment options to provide for a continuing payment to a beneficiary of your choosing after your death.

If you are vested and leave public employment, you may wish to contact us to request an estimate of your pension benefits.

Filing

To receive your vested retirement benefit at the earliest possible date, file a retirement application within 90 days before you become eligible. If we receive your retirement application after you become eligible, your vested retirement will be effective on the date the application is received.

Remember, it is up to you to file a retirement application when you become eligible and wish to receive your benefit.