Welcome to SamCERA’s inactive member portal. Depending upon
your years of service credit, there are a number of options
available to inactive members.
Who is an inactive member?
Inactive members are those members who meet all three of the
- left active service with a SamCERA employer;
- left your contributions on deposit with SamCERA; and
- have not yet retired from SamCERA.
Who is a deferred member?
Some inactive members are categorized as “deferred members.”
Deferred members are also called vested members.
Deferred members of SamCERA have at least five years of SamCERA
service credit, or a combination of SamCERA service credit and
service credit from a reciprocal system (received either before
or after your active SamCERA membership). Plan 3 members need ten
years of years of service credit or a combination of SamCERA and
reciprocal service credit to become vested.
As a deferred member, you have earned a lifetime monthly SamCERA
benefit even if you left your employment before you were eligible
to retire. You may receive your retirement allowance when you are
eligible and ready to apply for retirement.
Retirement Eligibility for Inactive Members
To find out about your eligibility for retirement, read the
section in the
Guide to Your SamCERA Benefits entitled “Are you eligible to
retire?” To confirm your SamCERA service credit and salary
information, you can use MySamCERA.
Retirement Planning for Inactive Members
If you are interested in retiring, visit the inactive
Withdrawals and Rollover Options for Inactive Members
If you are considering withdrawing or rolling-over your funds,
visit the Withdrawals
and Rollovers page.
For additional Information About Your Options
Please read SamCERA’s Leaving
Employment guide for more detailed information.