Career Plan for ERS Tier 2 Members

(Sections 75-f and 75-g)

Credit for Previous Public Employment or Military Service

Career Plan for ERS Tier 2 Members
(Sections 75-f and 75-g)


You may be able to obtain credit for your previous public employment or military service. It is very important that you claim all the service credit you are entitled to receive as early as possible, because records documenting your previous service may be lost or destroyed with the passage of time. You must apply to receive military service credit prior to retirement.


Prior Service

Prior service is any period of time you received salary or wages from a participating employer before that employer elected to participate in the Retirement System.


Service Before Your Date of Membership

You may receive credit for working for a participating employer before you joined the Retirement System.


Service From a Previous Membership

If you previously were a member of this System, or another public retirement system in New York State, your service may be recredited and your date of membership restored.


For reinstatement to Tier 1, or to an earlier membership date within Tier 2, or for reinstatement to an earlier membership in another public retirement system, sign in to your Retirement Online account. From your Account Homepage, go to the ‘My Account Summary’ area and click “Reinstate a Previous Membership.” You can also apply by mail by submitting the Application to Reinstate a Former Membership (RS5506).


An earlier tier of membership does not always result in a better benefit. Please review information on pages 3, 4 and 5 of the application (you can review this information if you apply using Retirement Online as well) carefully before making your decision, and contact us with any questions you may have.