The money in your account continues to work for you, even if you do not return to an eligible public service position. Interest on your contributions accumulates regularly, at the same rate active members earn.
You may leave your contributions in your account until you reach minimum distribution age. Not only will the money earn interest, but your service credit is then also preserved. You may withdraw your contributions, if you wish, but be sure to talk with your tax advisor before making a final decision.
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Review your account online
To view the status of your account, sign up for Defined Benefit Account Access. Registration is easy, fast and secure.
Notify DRS of an address change
Be sure to let us know if you change your address. Just download and complete a Name/Address Change form and send it to us or call (360) 664-7000. If you’re outside the Olympia area, call us toll free at 1-800-547-6657.
Keep your beneficiary information up to date
If you need to make a change, download and complete a new Beneficiary Designation form and send it to us.
Contact DRS if you’re approaching minimum distribution age
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that you begin receiving money from your account by April 1 following the year you reach age 70-½ . If you do not, the IRS will apply a 50 percent tax to the amount you should have received.
Please contact us in the year you turn 70 so we can process the distribution from your account in time to meet the deadline.
A similar tax applies to money that should have been distributed to beneficiaries of deceased plan members. Please contact us if you are aware of the death of a former plan member.