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Apply for retirement

You must submit the Service Retirement Application before you will receive a CalSTRS retirement benefit. In addition, an Express Benefit Report is required from each employer for whom you performed creditable service during your last year.

While not required, a Direct Deposit Authorization form is recommended so we can send your retirement benefit directly to your financial institution.

Service Retirement Application 

Complete and submit your Service Retirement Application online using myCalSTRS. It’s easy, fast and secure.

Submit your application

When you complete and submit your application online using myCalSTRS:

  • You’ll receive step-by-step guidance to complete your application correctly. 
  • Your member-specific information is auto-filled, saving you time.
  • You’ll receive an immediate email confirmation when we receive your application and after it has been processed.
  • You’ll receive prompt emails if we need additional information to process your application.

You must submit your application before you’ll receive your CalSTRS retirement benefit. You may also need to submit other forms.

Learn more about the service retirement application process.

Express Benefit Report 

Use the Express Benefit Report form to certify your termination of employment, last day of paid employment and unused sick leave information. We convert accumulated unused sick leave to additional service credit. We accept unused sick leave from each employer for whom you performed creditable service during your last year of employment, provided this leave was not transferred to another employer. Each employer must certify a separate Express Benefit Report.

Direct Deposit Authorization 

Direct deposit gives you the quickest access to your benefit payment. Have your benefit check electronically deposited into your bank account by filling out the Direct Deposit Authorization form online at myCalSTRS.