Vested Deferred Retirement

Group II (Police and Fire) Members not vested prior to January 1, 2012 but hired prior to July 1, 2011

Eligibility for Vested Deferred Retirement

Even if a member’s active NHRS membership ends prior to eligibility for Service Retirement, the member may be entitled to a Vested Deferred Retirement pension from NHRS in the future under the following conditions:

  • The member has a minimum of 10 years of Creditable Service when the member terminates active membership; AND
  • The member does not withdraw his/her accumulated contributions from NHRS. (A member’s accumulated contributions are equal to the sum of all mandatory NHRS contributions deducted from a member’s compensation, any additional contributions and any contributions made by a member for purchases of service credit, plus credited interest.)

Pension Eligibility

Members who occupied a police or fire position and meet the conditions listed above will be eligible to receive a Vested Deferred Retirement pension when the minimum age and service requirements from the chart below have been completed.

Years of Creditable Service as of January 1, 2012 Minimum Age Minimum Service
At least 8 but less than 10 years 46 21
At least 6 but less than 8 years 47 22
 At least 4 but less than 6 years 48 23
Less than 4 years 49 24

Pension Calculation

The benefit will be computed using the appropriate Group II Service Retirement pension formula for members not vested prior to January 1, 2012 but hired before July 1, 2011.

Split Benefits – Service in Both Group I and Group II

Different provisions may apply to members with Split Benefits. Contact NHRS to speak with a Benefits Specialist.

Filing for Vested Deferred Retirement

Vested Deferred Retirement pensions do not begin automatically. In order to receive a Vested Deferred Retirement pension, members must file for benefits.

Death of Members Who Are Not in Active Service

If a vested member’s death occurs after active NHRS membership ends and before the member receives a pension, a refund of the member’s accumulated contributions will be payable to the member’s designated beneficiary(ies) or estate.