Retirement Benefits

Changing Your Beneficiary After Retirement

When you retired, you may have designated a beneficiary (or beneficiaries) to receive a lump-sum death benefit, a continuing monthly benefit, or both. When in retirement, certain life events can impact your CalPERS benefits, such as a marriage, a divorce, or the death of your beneficiary.

Depending on the type of life event, you may wish to:

  • Add a beneficiary or change your beneficiary designation,
  • Remove a beneficiary designation, or
  • Request a benefit allowance increase.

Need to Change Your Beneficiary?

It’s easy! You can change your beneficiary online through my|CalPERS. Check out our video, When to Change Your Beneficiary Designation After Retirement, for more information.

Want to Learn More?

To help you decide what changes, if any, to make to your CalPERS benefits if one of these events happens to you, review our publication Changing Your Beneficiary or Monthly Benefit After Retirement (PUB 98) (PDF).