We’ve written a lot about preparing for retirement — how you should purchase any credit for past service, get a pension estimate, prepare a retirement budget, and more. But, what about after you retire? Are you finished with your NYSLRS To-Do List once you’re a retiree?
Sign Up for Retirement Online
We recently launched the new Retirement Online, a secure site that allows you to check important NYSLRS information, like the deductions from your latest payment and a summary of your benefits. You can also view or update beneficiaries and generate income verification letters right from your computer.
To access Retirement Online, visit the NYSLRS home page, then click “Register” or “Sign In.”
If You Move, Let Us Know
The United States Postal Service usually won’t forward pension checks to another address. (You may want to sign up for our direct deposit program.) But, pension payments aside, there are other things you’ll want from us once you retire. If we have your correct address on file, you’ll be sure to receive:
- Your 1099-R form. Your pension isn’t taxed by New York State, but it is subject to federal income tax.
- Your Retiree Annual Statement. It’s a helpful reference that spells out the benefits, credits and deductions you receive each year.
- Any official notifications.
- Your Retiree Notes
The fastest way to update your address is through Retirement Online. You can also mail a signed letter (with your name, old address, new address, date of change and retirement registration number) to:
Attn: Pension Services
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244-0001
Keep Your Beneficiaries Current
Reviewing your beneficiary designations periodically is important. By keeping them up to date, you ensure that any post-retirement death benefit will be distributed to your loved ones according to your wishes. You can use Retirement Online to change your death benefit beneficiaries at any time. Or, contact our Call Center, and we will send you the necessary form. If you aren’t retired yet, submit a Designation of Beneficiary form (RS5127).
Keep Your Loved Ones Informed
Your family or friends have to know to notify us when you die, so we can pay out any benefits to your designated beneficiaries. They can phone our Call Center or notify us by mail. Either way, we will also need a certified copy of your death certificate. You and your loved ones can find more information in our Getting Your Affairs in Order and a Guide for Survivors (VO1874) publication.
Life Changes: A Guide for Retirees (VO1705)
Check out this publication for information about other benefits you may be entitled to and the services we offer retirees.