Filing Your Application for Retirement

You’ve carefully planned your retirement, received your benefits estimate and are ready to take the big step. But before you can start receiving a pension, you’ll need to complete and submit your Application for Service Retirement (RS6037). You can also get a copy of the form from your employer or by contacting our Call Center.

Timing is important. We must have your application on file at least 15 days, but not more than 90 days, before your retirement date. (The 15-day rule does not apply if you are over 70 or left the public payroll before age 55.)

Be sure to list all of you public employment on the form. If you’ve ever been a member of another public retirement system in New York State, you’ll need to note that as well. Because your application is a legal document, you must sign it in the presence of a notary public. Many members make an appointment at a Consultation Site to file their applications. Our information representatives can notarize your application, help you with your paperwork and answer any questions.

Filing for Retirement

If you don’t wish to file in person, you can send your application by mail. Mailing the application “Certified Mail — Return Receipt Requested” will help you track this important document. Certified mail is also a good idea if you are close to a filing deadline because we consider the day it was mailed as the filing date. The mailing address is:

NYSLRS
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244-0001

At the same time you submit your application you can also file a W-4P, so federal taxes can be withheld from your payments, and a Direct Deposit Enrollment Application, so your pension can be deposited directly into your bank account. If you’ve had a recent pension estimate, you can submit a payment option election form along with your retirement application. You should also submit a photocopy of proof of your date of birth

For more information, read our booklet “Life Changes: How to Prepare to Retire” or contact us.

4 thoughts on “Filing Your Application for Retirement

  1. Jodi S. Schmitt

    I have a question about the savings account that is on page two of the member annual statement.
    When do I receive this money, or is it added to my pension?

    Reply
    1. NYSLRS

      Your NYSLRS pension is a defined-benefit plan. Your pension will be based on your earnings and years of service rather than how much you pay in (as it would be in a 401(k), for example).

      Assuming you’re a Tier 3, 4, 5 or 6 member, the contributions listed on your statement are mandatory contributions and will help fund your pension. They aren’t considered savings, and they are not refunded to when you retire. Instead, you will receive a lifetime pension benefit.

      For more information, please refer to your plan book on our Publications page.

      Reply
    1. NYSLRS

      If you’re talking about Retirement Online, you may need to register again.

      We’ve launched a new version of Retirement Online, and if you created your user ID and password before January 4, 2017, you will need to re-register.

      We offer two step-by-step guides to help with the Retirement Online registration (PDF) and sign-in (PDF) processes.

      You can also can get answers to Retirement Online questions by calling 1-866-805-0990 (518-474-7736 in the Albany, New York area). Press 1, then:

      1. For password reset;
      2. For assistance in registering for Retirement Online; or
      3. For any other Retirement Online questions.
      Reply

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