You may be able to obtain credit for previous public employment. It is very important that you claim all the service 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.
Please note that certain types of credit listed below may not provide additional benefits under your special plan. Contact us to verify what service would be creditable.
Prior service is any period of time you received salary from a participating employer before that employer elected to participate in the Retirement System. To receive this credit, you must earn at least two years of credited service as a Retirement System member.
Service Before Your Date of Membership
You may receive credit for working for a participating public employer in New York State before you joined the Retirement System.
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).
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 changed. The Retirement System will initiate reinstatement to Tier 3, 4 or 5, or to an earlier date within these tiers. We will send you information about your eligibility and give you the opportunity to purchase credit for your withdrawn service. If your previous Tier 3, 4 or 5 membership was with another retirement system, please write to our Member & Employer Services Bureau. For reinstatement to Tier 1 or Tier 2, you must send us a completed Application to Reinstate a Former Tier 1 or 2 Membership (RS5506) .