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.


Benefit Month Southern California/Out of State Mail Date Northern California Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date
January January 29 January 30 February 1
February February 26 February 27 March 1
March March 29 March 30 March 30
April April 26 April 27 May 1
May May 29 May 30 June 1
June June 28 June 29 June 29
July July 30 July 30 August 1
August August 29 August 30 August 31
September September 27 September 28 October 1
October October 29 October 30 November 1
November November 29 November 30 November 30
December December 28 December 28 January 2, 2019

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

Retirement Checks


Forms & Publications

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.