Benefits are paid at the beginning of the month for the previous month's benefits. For tax reasons, your December retirement check is always dated the first day of the new year. The State Controller's Office issues checks and determines mailing dates. If you have direct deposit, contact your financial institution to see when funds are placed in your account.

2017

Benefit Month Southern California/Out of State Mail Date Northern California Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date
Jan Jan 27 Jan 30 Feb 1
Feb Feb 24 Feb 27 Mar 1
Mar Mar 29 Mar 30 Mar 30
Apr Apr 27 Apr 28 May 1
May May 30 May 30 Jun 1
Jun Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30
Jul Jul 28 Jul 28 Aug 1
Aug Aug 29 Aug 30 Sep 1
Sep Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29
Oct Oct 27 Oct 30 Nov 1
Nov Nov 28 Nov 29 Dec 1
Dec Dec 28 Dec 28 Jan 2, 2018

The State Controller's Office distinguishes Northern and Southern California using ZIP codes:

  • Southern California is between 90000 through 93599
  • Northern California is between 93600 through 96199


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the deductions on my retirement check?
    Deductions on your retirement check can vary. Some are automatic, such as those for health benefits, service credit purchase, or liens and levies related to Internal Revenue Service or State Franchise Tax Board actions. Optional deductions are member-authorized for payments to organizations that have agreements on file with CalPERS, such as life insurance premiums, union dues, or charitable contributions.
  • When will I get my first retirement check?
    That depends on your retirement date and when your final documents are received and processed by CalPERS. In most cases, you'll receive your first check in the first part of the month after you have retired. For example, if your retirement date was September 4, your first check would be paid to you in the first week of October. Because each case is different, contact us to know exactly when your first check will be sent.