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Frequently Asked Questions about GERS

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General Frequently Asked Questions

Should I notify GERS when I change my address?

Yes. Although GERS sends multiple mailings during the year to its members that are on file, you should promptly notify GERS of all address changes to ensure that you receive all required notifications distributed by GERS in a timely fashion. Members can change their address by using a GERS Request for Address Change Form or by calling GERS directly.

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Do employers notify GERS of address and name changes?

Although we ask that employers report any name and/or address changes for an active employee, GERS does not mandate that they do. Employers,  however, may alert GERS to name and/or address changes during its routine reporting of contributions to GERS. Ultimately, it is still the member's responsibility to notify GERS of any changes to his or her name or address.

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I am living at a temporary address. How do I report this to GERS?

To report a temporary address change to GERS, you will need to complete a Request for Change of Address Form. However, at the time of reporting this change you must indicate to GERS that your address change is temporary and not permanent so that it could be properly noted on your file. 

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How do I change my name?

Submit a Request for Name Change Form with the new information. The form can be found by clicking here at :Active Members

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Do I have to be a member of the GERS?

Thirty days after you become a government employee you are automatically a member of GERS. However new government employees who are age 55 and older may opt out of becoming a member GERS once eligible.

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Must my annuity checks be issued via direct deposit?

No. It is the policy of the GERS to issue checks in the most efficient manner.  We at GERS believes that direct deposit is the most reliable and efficient way to issue such checks.  If you do not wish to participate in direct deposit, you may elect to receive printed checks by mail.

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Who should I contact in reference to errors on my member's validation form?

If you are and active employee of the Government, you will need to contact your department's Human Resources representative to make any change. If you are retired you will need to contact GERS directly.

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How can I receive a copy of GERS' latest Audited Financial Statements?

You may receive a copy of GERS' Audited Financial Statements by contacting the Administrator's Office or the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. You can also access this information by clicking here.

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Who is the Board Chair?

The current Chairman of the Board is Mr. Vincent G. Liger.

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