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NYS Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

Basic Plan

For ERS Tier 1 Members

(Sections 70-a, 71-a and 75)

Applying for Previous or Military Service Credit

To receive credit for previous public employment or military service, sign in to your Retirement Online, go to the ‘My Account Summary’ area of your Account Homepage and click “Manage my Service Credit Purchases.” You can also apply by mail by submitting the Request to Purchase Service Credit (Including any Military Service) form (RS5042) Adobe pdf.

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.

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.