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Thomas P. DiNapoli

Beneficiary Changes

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Life circumstances sometimes change, and the beneficiary you designated when you joined may not be the one you would designate today. It is important to periodically review your beneficiary designation. Your membership beneficiaries are listed in your Member Annual Statement and on your Retirement Online account.

How do I change my beneficiary?

  • Retirement Online is the convenient and secure way to update your beneficiary information. Register or Sign In and then click “Update My Beneficiaries.”
  • Review all your benefits and conduct other transactions in real time with Retirement Online. Learn More.

  • Members can also complete the Designation of Beneficiary form (RS5127) Adobe pdf and mail it to NYSLRS. (This form is for active members only. Retirees should contact us for the appropriate form.)

Whether you change your beneficiaries online or by mail, be sure to include all of your beneficiaries. Your new beneficiary designations will replace all of your previously named beneficiaries. The change(s) will not take effect until we review and approve your designations.

For more information about designating a beneficiary, see our publication, Life Changes — Why Should I Designate a Beneficiary? (VO1706).

(Rev. 1/17)