Statute requires that a member who withdraws from any PERS plan must withdraw from all PERS plans in which he or she participates. 

If you are vested and you do not withdraw your member account(s), you will be eligible for lifetime monthly benefit payments at retirement.

Important Information  

There are several important factors to consider when deciding whether to withdraw your member account(s):

  • Your Tier One, Tier Two, and/or IAP disbursement is based on the account balance at the time PERS processes the payment, not the date you select to withdraw. 
  • Your OPSRP Pension Program disbursement** is based on the actuarial equivalent of the lifetime pension benefit you would receive upon retirement at normal retirement age.  
  • Tier Two and IAP accounts are credited with investment earnings and losses annually and are subject to loss exposure until your account(s) is distributed.

  • Tier Two and IAP accounts have no guaranteed rate of return.

You may withdraw your Tier One/Tier Two and/or Individual Account Program (IAP) account balance if you:

  • have stopped working for all PERS-covered employers and/or all control groups under a PERS-covered employer,  
  • are not yet eligible for service retirement, and  
  • submit completed Member Account Withdrawal Application(s).

For effective withdrawal dates prior to July 1, 2020**, you may withdraw from the OPSRP Pension Program if you:

  • have stopped working for all PERS-covered employers and/or all control groups under a PERS-covered employer,  
  • are not yet eligible for service retirement, and  
  • are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program, and  
  • the actuarial equivalent of your pension benefit is $5,000 or less, and  
  • submit completed Member Account Withdrawal Application(s).

**Notice for OPSRP members: Due to Senate Bill 1049, if you withdraw on or after July 1, 2020, you will completely cancel your membership in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System, including forfeiting your right to a pension or OPSRP withdrawal benefitRead more.

For all withdrawals:

You must remain separated from all PERS employers for the full calendar month following the month you terminated employment with your last PERS employer. The calendar month must run from the first day of the month through the last day (example:  If you terminate any day in February, you cannot return to work until April 1).

You cannot be employed by a PERS employer at the time the withdrawal is issued; therefore PERS will not issue a withdrawal check until this separation period has elapsed. If PERS issues a withdrawal and later discovers the above criteria were not met, you must return the withdrawn amount(s) for redeposit into your Tier One/Tier Two and/or IAP account(s). 

The amount of your withdrawal(s) will be the total of your Tier One/Tier Two and/or IAP account balance(s) at the time of withdrawal. Withdrawals do not include an employer match of dollars. By withdrawing your account(s), you forfeit all membership rights and future benefits provided by PERS.

The Member Account Withdrawal Application packet can be mailed or faxed to PERS. If faxing, keep the original application and the fax confirmation receipt for your records. Please do not mail and fax your application.

Most applications will be processed within 120 days from your effective withdrawal date, which is the first of the month following the receipt of your withdrawal application. However, if there is a discrepancy in your account, the processing time may vary and could exceed 120 days. Missing data from your previous employer(s) could cause delays.

You should receive your check/rollover no later than four months after the initial application is submitted online. (Tier One/Tier Two members only.)

Required Forms/Information

Member Account Withdrawal Application Packet  

Form W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding  Form to withhold income tax or claim treaty rights for non-resident, non-U.S. citizen persons.

Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Required for any person with a foreign address.

Federal Tax Information & Acknowledgement Form

Verification of Age -(part of the Member Account Withdrawal Application Packet)

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