Retirement Online Makes Applying for Retirement Fast, Easy

You can now file for a service retirement benefit using Retirement Online. This new feature makes applying for retirement faster and easier than ever before. If you don’t already have an account, sign up today.

And, if you become ill with COVID-19, you may want to file for retirement to protect your loved ones.

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File for a Service Retirement Online

After signing in to your Retirement Online account, scroll down to the ‘My Account Summary.’ On the right, under the heading ‘I want to…,’ click the green “Apply for Retirement” button.

From there, you’ll go through a series of screens where you’ll be able to:

A big advantage of filing for Retirement Online is that you do not have to get anything notarized.

After you click the “Submit” button, it is important that you do not close your browser until you receive a confirmation message that states your retirement application has been successfully submitted.

This help guide offers step-by-step instructions.

Notarized Signatures

If you decide to file your application by mail, you will have to have your signature notarized on the application and on the payment option election form.

You can have forms notarized using audio-video technology, which allows a notary to witness a signature remotely. You can find more information about the virtual notary process on the New York Secretary of State website.

If you are in quarantine and perhaps unable to use a virtual notary, you can submit a signed form that is not notarized. You’ll need to include a letter to NYSLRS to explain that you were under quarantine when the form was signed, and submit notarized forms once the quarantine is lifted.

Filing for Service Retirement by Mail

You can still print an Application for Service Retirement and pension payment option election form and mail them to NYSLRS. If you mail the application, we recommend “certified mail, return receipt requested.” When we receive the form, the postmark date will serve as the filing date.

If you use regular mail, the filing date is the date we receive it. However, if you were to die after your application is mailed, but before we receive it, a legible postmark will serve as a filing date. (If you mail it from a post office, you can ask for a hand cancellation, which may help ensure the postmark is legible.)

If you plan to mail your application, you may want to read our blog post, Your Checklist to Apply for Retirement.

Disability Retirement Benefit

If you become seriously ill, you may wish to file for a disability retirement benefit. That way, if you were to die before your retirement date, your beneficiary may still be eligible for a continuing pension, rather than a one-time, in-service death benefit. You may apply for a disability retirement at the same time you apply for a service retirement — there is no 15-day waiting period when filing for disability retirement.

For information about applying for a disability retirement benefit as a result of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, please read the Filing for Retirement Benefits During the COVID-19 Emergency blog post or visit our Disability Retirement Benefits page.

For More Details, Read Your Retirement Plan Booklet

Your service and disability retirement benefits and death benefits are based on your tier, plan, service credit, and other factors. For details about your available benefits, please read your retirement plan booklet, available on our Publications page, or you can call our Contact Center at 866-805-0990 if you have questions.

15 thoughts on “Retirement Online Makes Applying for Retirement Fast, Easy

  1. Donna Louise Ham

    What is the process to cash out my retirement savings? I’ve not had enough time in the system to collect a retirement.

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      Tier 3-6 members with less than ten years of service may terminate their membership and withdraw their mandatory contributions, plus interest, 15 or more days after leaving public service. You can find more information about withdrawing your contributions on our website.

      If you have account-specific questions before withdrawing, you can call our customer service representatives at 1-866-805-0990 (or 518-474-7736 in the Albany, NY area) or email them using the secure form on our website (http://www.emailNYSLRS.com). Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      Reply
  2. Jan

    Hi. How does the senate bill s 2722a and s 8151a for early retirement buyout NYSLS apply to my retirement at this time .

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      At this time, we are not aware of a retirement incentive program that applies to NYSLRS members. If a State retirement incentive program is approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, NYSLRS will notify your employer and provide the kinds of details you are looking for on our website and on social media.

      Reply
  3. Kamilla

    How long does it take to start requesting my medical records? I applied for disability retirement from NYS.

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      For questions about your disability retirement application, please contact your disability caseworker. If you do not have your caseworker’s phone number, you can call our customer service representatives at 1-866-805-0990, press 2, then follow the prompts. One of our representatives will review your account and respond to your questions.

      Reply
  4. Dan

    I am tier 4, 55 years old and have 6.55 years of service. I still work in a different career, can I take my retirement benefit and still keep working? Will it affect the amount of benefit?

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      Generally, NYSLRS retirees can collect a NYSLRS pension and also work for a private-sector employer without affecting their pension amount.

      However, most members in regular retirement plans face pension reductions if they retire before their full retirement age (age 62 for Tier 4 members).

      For information specific to your situation, please email our customer service representatives using the secure email form on our website. Filling out the secure form allows them to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      Reply
    1. NYSLRS Post author

      We apologize for the trouble you are having.

      For help with Retirement Online, please call our customer service representatives at 1-866-805-0990 (or 518-474-7736 in the Albany, NY area), press 2, then follow the prompts.

      Reply
  5. Doreen DIppolito

    I am a teir 4 RN i wanted to know If i retired from the hospital i work at now can i wait until I am 62 before collecting my retirement benefit, and be able to collect the full benefit. I am currently 56 and wanted to retire from WMC but not collect until age 62 would i be elegible to collect full benefit

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      Correct, a Tier 4 member who leaves public employment before full retirement age of 62 can begin receiving a pension at age 62 without a reduction for early retirement.

      However, leaving the public payroll before you retire may affect your eligibility for certain death benefits and health benefits. We suggest you email our customer service representatives using the secure email form to ask how leaving the public payroll would affect your benefits. Filling out the secure form allows them to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      You may also wish to speak to your health benefits administrator to find out how going off payroll would affect any post-retirement health benefits you may be entitled to.

      You may find our booklet What if I Leave Public Employment? helpful.

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