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CANCELLATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS

30-YEAR CANCELLATION OF MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS

If you have 30 years of service with LACERA, you may be eligible for cancellation of your member contributions. If eligible, your retirement plan contributions would stop, but you would continue to earn service credit for each month in which you have earnings. Each month, LACERA confirms 30-year cancellation for eligible members. Members who qualify will receive a notification letter.

The County Employees Retirement Law (CERL) indicates different requirements for General members and Safety members:

GENERAL MEMBERS

A General member must have been a LACERA or reciprocal member on or before March 7, 1973, and may include most types of service credit to meet the 30-year service requirement.

SAFETY MEMBERS

A Safety member has no membership date requirement and is limited to certain continuous County and deferred reciprocal service credit.

30-Year Cancellation of Member Contributions
  General Members
(CERL Section
31625.2)
Safety Members
(CERL Section
31664)
Membership Date Requirement Must be a LACERA
member on or before
March 7, 1973
Any Safety member
Service Credited toward 30 years:
County Service x x
Redeposit of Withdrawn Contributions x x
Temporary Time x x
Deferred Reciprocal x x
Vested prior County Service x x
Nonvested prior County Service* x  
Military** x  
Federal** x  

Other Public Agency**

x  

*For General members, nonvested prior County service is credited toward 30 years only if contributions were left on deposit with LACERA.
**For Safety members, purchased non-County service credit (such as Federal, Military, or Other Public Agency) counts toward 30 years only if the safety member was a member of LACERA or a reciprocal system on or before March 7, 1973, AND applied to purchase non-County service credit on or before October 9, 2003.

NOTE: Additional Retirement Credit (ARC) does NOT count toward the 30 years.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact LACERA at 800-786-6464, and one of our knowledgeable Retirement Benefits Specialists will assist you.

7/2/12