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Thomas P. DiNapoli

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For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Credit for Previous or Military Service

You may be able to obtain credit for previous public employment or military service. You may want to claim all the service credit you are entitled to receive as early as possible, because:

  • If there is a cost, it is generally less expensive than if you wait to purchase at a later date;
  • We can process your retirement benefit more quickly if your service credit is in order;
  • Records documenting your service will more likely be available; and
  • If your tier allows you to stop making contributions after a certain period of time, you will stop paying contributions sooner.

If your purchased service brings your total credited service to ten or more years, you will no longer be eligible to withdraw your contributions and end your membership.

Please note that certain types of service credit may not provide additional benefits under your special plan. Contact us to verify whether your service would be creditable, i.e., can be used in the calculation of your benefit.

Prior Service

You may be able to receive credit for “prior service” — paid employment with a participating employer before that employer elected to participate in PFRS.

Service Before Your Date of Membership

You may be able to receive credit for “service before your membership” — paid employment with a participating employer before you joined PFRS.

Military Service

You may be able to receive credit for some or all of your active military service as creditable under State or federal law. For more information, please visit our Military Service Credit webpage.