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Retirement Planning Tips for New York State Employees

Tip of the Month (taken directly from the Self-Help Guide)

When applying for pension benefits, will I need proof of my birth date?

The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) must have proof of your birth date before any benefits can be paid. In most cases, a photocopy of the document is acceptable, but if you send the original, OSC will return it to you.

You will need one of the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • New York State driver's license issued on or after January 1, 2005
  • Passport or passport card
  • A Marriage Certificate, if it shows the age on a given date or the date of birth
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
  • Enhanced driver's license
  • Naturalization papers

For more information on your pension benefits visit or call (866) 805-0990.


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