Beneficiary Changes

Messaging for Customers

Life circumstances sometimes change, and the beneficiary you may have designated before may not be the one you would designate today. It is important to periodically review the beneficiary designation for your member death benefits. (If you are a retiree, please visit the Death Benefits — Retirees page.)

Your beneficiary information is listed in your Retirement Online account and on your Member Annual Statement.


How do I change my beneficiary?

  • Register for or Sign In to Retirement Online and then click “View and Update My Beneficiaries.” You can add beneficiaries, update beneficiary information, or remove beneficiaries; or
  • Complete the Designation of Beneficiary form (RS5127) and mail it to NYSLRS. (This form is for active members only. Retirees should contact us for the appropriate form.) Be sure to include all of your beneficiaries on the form. Your new beneficiary designations will replace all of your previously named beneficiaries. Though your designations will need to be reviewed and approved, your updated beneficiary information becomes effective when we receive your properly completed, signed and notarized form.

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


(Rev. 5/20)