Filing for Benefits

Filing Deadlines

Pursuant to RSA 100-A , members must file an application for retirement with NHRS no more than 90 days or fewer than 30 days before their effective date of retirement, which for NHRS purposes is always the first of a month. Please refer to the chart below for filing periods. Members who change their decision about retirement after filing for benefits must contact NHRS in writing no later than the last business day of the month prior to their effective date of retirement to change their retirement date or to withdraw their application.

(Click here to submit a retirement application electronically through My Account )
(Click here to access a paper retirement application packet)

Required Documentation

  • Retirement application, based on the type of retirement pension for which the member is applying
  • An IRS Form W-4P Federal Withholding Certificate
  • A notarized Mandatory Acknowledgement/Certification form
  • A copy of the member’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the member’s Social Security card (or an IRS Form W-9)
  • A copy of the beneficiary(ies’) birth certificate if Survivorship Option 2, 3, or 4 is selected
  • An Electronic Direct Deposit (EDD) form
  • A copy of a marriage certificate (Group II members only)
  • Health Insurance Pre-Application (state employees only)
  • Additional Contribution Payment Election Form (if applicable)

Filing Periods

The following chart lists the dates during which members may file for retirement benefits based on their effective date of retirement, pursuant to the filing deadlines stated in NHRS law.

Filing Deadlines for 2017-18
Effective Date of Retirement Filing Period

November 1, 2017 = 8/3/17 – 10/2/17 
December 1, 2017 = 9/2/17 – 11/1/17 
January 1, 2018 = 10/3/17 – 12/2/17
February 1, 2018 = 11/3/17 – 1/2/18
March 1, 2018 = 12/1/17 – 1/30/18
April 1, 2018 = 1/1/18 – 3/2/18
May 1, 2018 = 1/31/18 – 4/1/18
June 1, 2018 = 3/3/18 – 5/2/18 
July 1, 2018 = 4/2/18 – 6/1/18 
August 1, 2018 = 5/3/18– 7/2/18 
September 1, 2018 = 6/3/18 – 8/2/18 
October 1, 2018 = 7/3/18 – 9/1/18 
November 1, 2018 = 8/3/18 – 10/2/18 
December 1, 2018 = 9/2/18 – 11/1/18