Special 20- and 25-Year Plans

For PFRS Tier 2, 3, 5 and 6 Members, (Sections 384, 384-d and 384-e)

Applying for Benefits

To receive any NYSLRS benefits, you must file the appropriate application with the Office of the State Comptroller in a timely manner. Print the forms from our Forms page, contact our Call Center, or ask your employer. Specific filing instructions are provided on our forms. If you need help, call or write us, or make an appointment to speak with an information representative at one of our consultation sites throughout the State.

Filing With the Office of the State Comptroller

A form is “filed with the Comptroller,” when our Albany office, one of our consultation sites or another one of the State Comptroller’s offices receives it. Giving your employer the form does not mean that you have “filed with the Comptroller.”

Important Filing Deadlines

Many retirement benefit applications and other documents are required by law to be filed with the Office of the State Comptroller within specific time limits (such as the 15-day filing requirement for your retirement application or the deadline to submit your option election form). As an alternative to visiting our offices to file these time-sensitive documents personally, you can fulfill the filing requirements by submitting the documents to us by mail.

If you are concerned about meeting a filing deadline, you may choose to submit your documents by certified mail or by fax:

  • Certified Mail — If you mail a document “Certified Mail — Return Receipt Requested,” we will consider it as having been filed on the same date it was mailed once it is delivered to us by the Post Office.
  • Fax — To send the document to us by fax, please include your name, retirement registration number or NYSLRS ID, phone number and the person or department you wish to reach. Although we will consider the form as filed on the date the fax is received, you must still mail us the original document to continue the process and properly complete the filing requirement.

Service retirement documents (Retirement Application, Option Form, proof of your date of birth) can be faxed to our Benefit Calculation and Disbursements Bureau at 518-474-3510. If you also have a disability retirement application in process, your retirement documents can be faxed to Disability Calculations at 518-408-3766.

Disability retirement documents can be faxed to the Disability Services Bureau. For applications in-process or to apply for a disability retirement benefit, documents can be faxed to 518-474-3091 or 518-408-3587. Documents for approved disability retirement applications (Option Form, proof of your date of birth) can be faxed to 518-408-3766.

Member documents (Designation of Beneficiary Forms) can be faxed to our Member and Employer Services Bureau at 518-474-9438.

Filing Multiple Applications

If you become ill or disabled and are unable to perform your duties, you may be eligible to file applications for disability and regular service retirement benefits simultaneously “without prejudice,” depending on the circumstances. This means we will process all the filed applications. If more than one benefit is approved, you will be given the opportunity to choose your pension from the approved benefits.