Retirement Systems

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM M-F/ Closed between 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM M-F / Walk-ins 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM M-F
703-279-8200 TTY 711
12015 Route 50 - Suite 350 - Fairfax, VA 22033
Jeff Weiler
Executive Director

The DROP Entry Timeline and Process

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1.  Use the online Retirement Benefit Estimator in MyRetirement on the Retirement Systems
     website: to create an Account and generate your own benefit estimates for DROP or normal retirement.

2.  Determine whether you plan to Retire or Enter DROP

     If you are considering DROP entry, please review the “Understanding DROP” and
     “DROP Counseling” presentation ---- BEFORE attending an individual retirement appointment.

3.  Approximately 6 months prior to intended DROP Entry
Contact the Retirement Systems Office to obtain a Benefit Estimate
       Schedule a DROP analysis appointment by calling 703-279-8200

4.  At least 60 days prior to DROP entry return the completed DROP application:

         Return your completed DROP entry forms in person or return them via mail. If you choose to drop them 
         off during our walk-in hours of 11:00am-2:00pm, Monday – Friday, one of our staff can verify that all the 
         requested information is complete so your application can be processed without delay.

Please Note: You must apply for DROP entry at least 60 days prior to your requested DROP Entry date. See DROP Application Schedule for specific dates. *School employees may only enter DROP on the 1st of any month, so must submit the application two or more months prior to the beginning of the month of which they want to enter.

You must make your Joint and Survivor election at the time of application for DROP Entry

5.  45-60 Days after DROP Entry Date:

       Welcome to DROP Letter and Calculation Worksheet will be mailed to you within this time frame.
       DROP Statements are available through MyRetirement , the secure internet portal on the
            Retirement Systems website.

6.  DROP Exit Arrangements should be made 60 days or more prior to your retirement/DROP exit date.
     DROP members must exit the DROP no later than 3 years after DROP entry.

       Complete DROP Exit Application


Retirement Systems
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Walk-in hours: 11:00am to 2:00pm - Limited services are available during walk-in hours


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