Considering retirement within the next 3 years? Click on each timeframe for a detailed list of actions to prepare you for retirement.
36 months or more
At this stage in the process, the most important step you can take is to do your homework.
- Check your MCPS core and supplemental retirement statements to see your current estimated projected retirement benefit amounts and retirement dates. State core plan members can review their retirement statements here.
- Read Understanding Your Retirement for detailed information about your retirement benefit and timelines to help you through the retirement process.
- Read The Mentor for information about The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System of Maryland (MSRA) pre-retirement seminars and a retirement checklist for MSRA members within 12 months of retirement.
- Read Retiree News and Notes, also from the MSRA, for more helpful information for "soon-to-be" and current retirees.
- Attend information workshops to hear from the experts.
9 to 12 months
Start taking concrete steps toward your retirement.
Apply to purchase any eligible service and/or military service credit
- Request an estimate of retirement benefits
Prepare your retirement budget
- To apply to purchase service and/or military credit for your State core plan:
- To apply to purchase service and/or military credit for your MCPS core and/or supplemental plan:
- Contact ERSC for additional details about purchasing or transferring service
Make sure you know all the details to ensure a smooth a transition.
- Read the Retiree Benefit Summary to familiarize yourself with retiree benefit options.
- Discuss your benefit payment options with your family and/or financial advisor.
- Download your retirement application forms
- Determine your federal and state withholding amount. Consult with your tax advisor for assistance.
- If eligible, contact the Social Security Administration to file for Social Security benefits and enroll in Medicare Parts A and B if you and/or your spouse are 65 or older.
- Review your 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan options, including rollover of sick and/or annual leave payout.
- MCEA members retiring July 1 must submit all retirement forms to ERSC by April 1 to be eligible for payment of 35 percent of their earned unused sick leave balance. Learn more about the MCEA sick leave payoff.
1 - 2 months
Send in your retirement forms and begin your transition to retirement.
- Return all retirement forms to ERSC, including 403(b) or 457(b) salary reduction form(s) for rollover of annual and/or sick leave payment, and a copy of your Medicare card, if you or spouse is enrolled in Medicare.
- All forms must be received by ERSC at least 30 days prior to your retirement date.