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: The State Controller’s Office (SCO) is not mailing statements. If you need to view or print recent benefit statements, log in to your myCalPERS account at You may also contact us by phone at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) or by secure message through myCalPERS to request a printed copy.


2023 Pay Dates
Benefit Month Southern California/
Out of State Mail Date
Northern California Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date
January January 27 January 27 February 1
February February 24 February 24 March 1
March March 29 March 30 March 30
April April 27 April 28 May 1
May May 26 May 26 June 1
June June 27 June 28 June 30
July July 27 July 28 August 1
August August 29 August 30 September 1
September September 27 September 28 September 29
October October 27 October 27 November 1
November November 28 November 29 December 1
December December 27 December 28 January 2, 2024

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.