Retirement Benefits

Do You Have a Beneficiary Designation on File?

Learn how to update your beneficiary designation anytime on your my|CalPERS account.

Did you know you can add or update your beneficiary designation anytime through your personal my|CalPERS 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 my|CalPERS account. Log in at and select the Add or Change Your Beneficiaries link on the home page. You’ll need information about your beneficiaries to complete the process, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses.