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 www.osc.state.ny.us/retire or call (866) 805-0990.