Retirement Benefits

Do You Have a Beneficiary Designation on File?

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Did you know you can add or update your beneficiary designation anytime through your personal myCalPERS account?

There are certain life events that can impact and revoke your current designation on file, such as the death of your beneficiary, a marriage or domestic partnership, dissolution or annulment of marriage, termination of a domestic partnership, and the birth or adoption of a child.

Having a designation on file helps ensure that we’ll be able to process benefit payments in a timely and accurate manner. If you aren’t sure whether you have a beneficiary in place or need to update your designation on file, it’s easy to verify by logging in to your myCalPERS account.

Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • Select Active Members & Retirees and log in with your username and password
  • Select the Retirement tab and then select Beneficiaries
  • Select Add or Change Your Beneficiaries and follow the prompts

You’ll need information about your beneficiaries to complete the process, including Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses.