Retirement Systems

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

12015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 350
Fairfax, VA 22033

Jeff Weiler,
Executive Director

Beneficiary Information

Is your Beneficiary Information Current?

Retirement System Beneficiary and Demographic Changes for members in the Employees' and Uniformed Retirement Systems.

To make changes to your beneficiary or other demographic information, please submit a Retirement System Change Request form to the Retirement Systems office. Completed forms can be faxed to 703-653-9543 or mailed.

When designating a Beneficiary:

If you are NOT married at the time of your death, or have not designated your spouse as your sole primary beneficiary, your beneficiary(ies) is/are entitled to a refund of all your contributions, including any applicable interest. Refunds are paid from the system within 60-90 days after receipt of your death certificate.

If you ARE married, and still on the active employee payroll when you die, and your spouse is listed as your sole primary beneficiary, your spouse will have the option of receiving a 50% survivor benefit, payable to them for their lifetime. If designated as such, a 50% survivor benefit would be payable to your spouse as long as you were vested at the time of your death. If you are not yet vested or if your spouse chooses to simply request a distribution of your entire account balance instead, that will be their choice.


If your death occurs AFTER your retirement, and you have NOT chosen a Joint and Last Survivor benefit for your spouse, any balance in your account that has not been paid to you in retirement benefits, will be refunded to your beneficiary, within 60-90 days after receipt of your death certificate.

Retirement benefits are paid out of your contributions to the Retirement System first. In the event of your death after retirement, if you have not chosen a Survivor benefit, the amount of your accumulated contributions and interest, (reduced by any retirement benefits previously received by you) will be paid by lump sum to your beneficiary(ies).

REMEMBER: A retired member's contrib
ution balance including interest is typically depleted within 1½ - 3 years after retirement so it is possible that there will not be an amount payable to your beneficiary, depending on how many years you have been retired prior to your death.

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