For ERS Tier 3 and 4 Members
(Articles 14 and 15)
To receive credit for previous or military service, send a written request (which must be received before your effective date of retirement) to our Member & Employer Services Bureau. Include as much information as you can about the period of employment for which you are seeking credit. We will determine your eligibility to receive the credit and any cost involved.
Requesting credit for your previous public employment or military service as early in your career as possible ensures that:
- If there is a cost, it will be less expensive than if you wait to purchase it at a later date.
- Your retirement benefit will be processed more quickly if your service credit is in order.
- Records we need to verify your service will be more readily available.
- For members whose tier allows for a cessation of contributions after a defined period of time, you will stop paying contributions sooner.
If you are requesting previous service credit to establish eligibility for a vested retirement benefit, you must request this credit while you are on the payroll of a participating employer. If you receive a statement of the cost after you leave the payroll, you must make payment within 30 days of notification.
NOTE: If your purchased service credit brings your total credited service to ten or more years, you will no longer be eligible to withdraw your contributions and end your membership.