For ERS Tier 3 and 4 Members
(Articles 14 and 15)
You may be able to obtain credit for your previous public employment or military service. It is very important that you claim all the service credit you are entitled to receive as early as possible, because records documenting your previous service may be lost or destroyed with the passage of time. You must apply to receive military service credit prior to retirement.
Prior service is any period of time you received salary or wages from a participating employer before that employer elected to participate in the Retirement System. To receive credit for this service, you must earn at least two years of credited service as a Retirement System member.
Example:You worked for a municipality for six years before that municipality began participating and now you have joined the System. You can request credit for those six years, but there would be a cost.
Service Before Your Date of Membership
You may receive credit for working for a participating employer before you joined the Retirement System. To receive the credit, you must earn at least two years of credited service as a Retirement System member.
Example: You worked at the town library while going to school and, as a part-time employee, you chose not to join the System. When you graduated and took a full-time job at the town supervisor’s office, you were required to join. You can choose to claim the part-time service, but there would be a cost.
You may be able to receive credit for some or all of your military service. To determine your eligibility and the cost, if any, please send us a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214).
For more information about how to apply, eligibility and the cost, please visit our Military Service Credit page.
Service From a Previous Membership
If you previously were a member of this System, or another public retirement system in New York State, your service may be recredited and your date of membership and tier restored. However, an earlier tier of membership does not always result in a better benefit. Please review your options carefully before making your decision, and contact us with any questions you may have. We will initiate reinstatement to Tier 3 or an earlier date within Tier 3 or 4 by sending you information about your eligibility and giving you the opportunity to purchase credit for your withdrawn service. If your previous membership was with another retirement system, please write to our Member & Employer Services Bureau.
For reinstatement to Tier 1 or Tier 2, send us a completed Application to Reinstate a Former Tier 1 or 2 Membership (RS5506) .