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|
|Jan||Jan 29||Jan 30||Feb 1|
|Feb||Feb 26||Feb 27||Mar 1|
|Mar||Mar 29||Mar 30||Mar 30|
|Apr||Apr 26||Apr 27||May 1|
|May||May 29||May 30||Jun 1|
|Jun||Jun 28||Jun 29||Jun 29|
|Jul||Jul 30||Jul 30||Aug 1|
|Aug||Aug 29||Aug 30||Aug 31|
|Sep||Sep 27||Sep 28||Oct 1|
|Oct||Oct 29||Oct 30||Nov 1|
|Nov||Nov 29||Nov 30||Nov 30|
|Dec||Dec 28||Dec 28||Jan 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
- Direct Deposit
- Pay Days
Forms & Publications
- Direct Deposit Authorization (PDF)
- Member Change of Address (PDF)
- Internal Revenue Code Section 415(b) Fact Sheet (PDF)
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.