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.

!Note: Due to Covid-19, the State Controller’s Office won’t be printing and mailing statements for payees who are enrolled in direct deposit until further notice. If you need to view and/or print duplicate statements, log in to your myCalPERS account to access your statements. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

2021 Pay Dates
Benefit Month Southern California/
Out of State Mail Date
Northern California Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date
September September 29 September 30 October 1
October October 28 October 29 November 1
November November 29 November 29 December 1
December December 30 December 31 January 3, 2022

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. The first payment can take up to 30-45 calendar days from your retirement date or the date your application is received, whichever is later. Because each case is different, contact us to know exactly when your first check will be sent.