Death of a Member

Review the information below to see how the death of a CalPERS member impacts the coverage or benefits for beneficiaries and survivors in the following CalPERS programs.

Your Retirement

  • Notify CalPERS of the death. We will send you the necessary paperwork to determine who will be the beneficiary and what benefits will be paid. The Death Benefit Application publication, which includes the necessary forms, can only be obtained upon reporting a death to CalPERS. It cannot be ordered online.
  • Complete and return all the forms to CalPERS, along with the required documentation shown in the package you receive. We will need a copy of the death certificate.

Your Health Benefits Coverage

  • If the member was still working, contact the employer. They will need a copy of the death certificate.
  • If the member was retired, Contact Us. We will need a copy of the death certificate.

Your Long-Term Care Coverage

Your Supplemental Income Plans

  • If the member was a part of the CalPERS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (for public agency and school members only), or the State Savings Plus Program, the CalPERS Supplemental Contributions Plan, or the State Peace Officers' & Firefighters' Defined Contributions Plan, which are available to State members, you should contact the employer or the savings plan directly to report the death of the member.

Dated: 06-05-2014