Retirement Process

MPERS utilizes a 2-Step Retirement Process.  This process allows MPERS to provide you with more individualized information.  If you have any questions regarding the 2-Step Retirement Process, please contact a MPERS benefit specialist at (573) 298-6080 or (800) 270-1271.

Step 1:  Notice of Retirement

To start the retirement process:

  1. Complete a Notice of Retirement form.  This form can be submitted online through the myMPERS Secure Member Access, or if you prefer, you may download a form to complete and mail to MPERS.
  2. Attach an acceptable proof-of-age document.  If you are married, attach an acceptable proof-of-age document for your spouse and a copy of your marriage certificate.
  3. Send the completed form and proof document(s) to MPERS by the deadline listed on the Date Forms are Due at MPERS chart (below) that coincides with your intended date of retirement.  (For example, if you intend to retire April 1, your Notice of Retirement must be submitted to MPERS by February 28.)

MPERS will use your intended date of retirement and spouse information to prepare your individualized Retirement Election Form and benefit estimate(s) for Step 2.

Step 2:  Retirement Election Form

MPERS will send you an individualized Retirement Election Form and benefit estimates(s) on the mail.  The form will show all retirement options for which you are eligible (e.g. benefit payment options, retirement plan, and BackDROP).  If you are eligible for BackDROP, you will also receive a BackDROP Distribution Form and Special Tax Notice brochure.  The benefit estimate(s) should provide enough information to help you make informed retirement decisions.

  1. Complete the Retirement Election Form.
  2. Complete the BackDROP Distribution Form (if applicable).  If electing the rollover option, the receiving financial institution must also complete this form.
  3. Send both forms to MPERS by the deadline listed on the chart that coincides with your intended date of retirement.  (For example, if your intended date of retirement is April 1, your Retirement Election Form and any remaining documentation must be submitted to MPERS by March 31.)

Date Forms are Due at MPERS

Based on your intended date of retirement, your Notice of Retirement and Retirement Election Form must be received at MPERS by the dates listed on the chart below.  Submitting either form after the deadline will delay your retirement date.

Date Forms are Due at MPERS

Forms are Due table