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.

2019 Pay Dates
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 26 March 27 March 29
April April 26 April 29 May 1
May May 28 May 29 May 31
June June 26 June 27 July 1
July July 29 July 30 August 1
August August 27 August 28 August 30
September September 26 September 27 October 1
October October 29 October 30 November 1
November November 22 November 25 November 27
December December 27 December 30 January 2, 2020

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.