As a condition of employment, all persons employed with the Virgin Islands Government automatically become members of the Government Employees' Retirement System provided such person is under age 55 on the date of appointment. Contributions by such persons shall begin immediately from the first day of service. See Title 3 Chapter 27 Section 703 VIC and Chapter 28A Section 752 VIC.
Percentages of Contribution Payment
*Note: Judiciary appointed as of January 22, 2015, contribution will be increased by 5% per year after one term (6 years) and Judiciary appointed after January 22, 2015 will be increased by 3.5% per year after one term (6 years).
Government pays a matching amount 20.5% with the following exceptions:
- Any part-time employee who regularly works less than 20 hours of the normal work week.
It is important that all new employees complete a Membership Record, designating one or more beneficiaries. This document must be notarized and forwarded to GERS.
The following documents are required to be submitted along with the Membership Record:
- For the Employee
- Birth Certificate or a valid U.S. Passport
- Copy of Photo Identification
- Social Security Card
- Military DD214
- For the Beneficiary(s)
- Complete Name
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Mailing Address
NOTE: As your status changes, ie: marriage, divorce, new birth, death, etc., a Request for Change of Beneficiary Form should be completed, notarized and submitted to the GERS.
Kindly print or type all information when completing the Membership Record, Designation of Beneficiary or the Request for Change of Beneficiary Form. Scratch outs or white outs are not acceptable on these forms.