How to Apply
Before you apply:
We recommend that you submit your retirement application and mail photocopies of your proofs to ORS at least three months before your retirement effective date. Since we cannot pay retroactively, you could end up losing benefits if you apply after the month you terminate employment.
What you will need
ORS cannot process your retirement until you submit a complete, error free application. Make sure all forms requiring notarization are signed in the presence of a notary public. You must also sign the Retirement Checklist page and return it to ORS along with all required documents.
You'll need to also provide photocopies of the following:
(do not mail in original documents)
|When Required / Special Notes|
|Proof of marriage.||To name your spouse as pension beneficiary and/or enroll him/her in your insurances, you must provide a copy of your government issued marriage certificate or matching addresses on valid driver's licenses or state ID and your most recent 1040 tax form showing filing married.|
|Proof of age.||See proving your age for the list of proofs we can accept. If you elect a survivor option, you will also need to furnish proof of your beneficiary's age.|
|Proof of dependent's insurance eligibility.||
If you enroll dependents under your insurance plan, you must provide photocopies of government issued birth certificates as proof of age and relationship; court orders to prove legal guardianship; and to prove legal adoption during adoption proceedings, a sworn statement with the date of placement or a court order verifying placement is required. For any child age 19 or older, we will also need tax returns as proof of dependency or a letter from your tax preparer (on letterhead) declaring your dependent is eligible but files their own taxes and school records to prove the child is enrolled at least half time in an accredited educational institution.
If your dependent is a disabled child age 19 or older and is covered by your State of Michigan insurance as an active employee, we will need a current letter from the attending physician stating that the child is totally and permanently incapacitated due to physical or mental disability and is incapable of self-sustaining employment, along with any medical records or reports that substantiate the incapacitation occurred prior to age 19. If you have received an incapacitated dependent approval letter from the Michigan Civil Service Commission's Employee Benefits Division, you may send this in place of a doctor's note. We will verify with the Employee Benefits Division that the child is currently enrolled and was deemed incapacitated prior to age 19. If you have not yet established the dependent's incapacitation, please visit the Employee Benefits Division website and navigate to forms. Select Insurance forms and complete the BCBSM/BNC Disabled Dependent Application. In addition, every year you may be asked to furnish proof of the continued condition and proof of dependency. Deferred applicants cannot enroll an incapacitated child age 19 or older.
|Insurance Information.||For anyone covered under another plan, including Medicare, who is enrolling in health insurances, include that plan's information as requested on the retirement application.|
|Social Security Statement.||If you elect the equated plan, you must provide a recent statement from the Social Security Administration that estimates your full retirement age benefit. To obtain your estimate, you'll need to request a statement from the Social Security Administration website at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount, documenting your age 65 benefit amount.|
Note: Write your name and Member ID on all documents and proofs. Do not mail in original documents, as they will not be returned.