Once you meet the minimum service credit requirement, you are vested. This means you have earned the right to receive a retirement benefit, even if you leave public employment.
- Tier 2 and 3 members are vested with five years of service credit.
- Tier 5 and 6 members are vested with ten years of service credit.
Vesting is automatic; you don’t need to fill out any paperwork or file an application to become vested.