Applying for Disability Retirement

Applying for Disability Retirement

Confirm Eligibility

You must meet all of the following qualifications for the type of disability retirement you are applying for in order to be eligible.

  • Nonoccupational 
  • Occupational

Call ERS for a payment estimate before you apply.

Applying for ERS Disability Retirement

If you are eligible to apply, please download the necessary forms for Disability Retirement. You may also call ERS to request a disability retirement packet. 

Mail all required forms to ERS . Include copies of all medical records related to your disabling condition from the past two years through the current date.
NOTE: All forms must be original and notarized.

Please note the following:

  • The retirement date cannot be a past date.  
  • The retirement date must be the last day of the month.
  • The retirement date must be within 90 days of the current date.
  • If approved, your payment may be permanently reduced. 
  • All forms and medical records must be received at ERS before your requested retirement date. 
  • Sign the application in front of a notary public and mail the original, notarized form to ERS before your requested retirement date. 
  • Additional medical information may be required after you submit an application and other forms and medical records. 
  • You must not be actively working in order to be eligible for disability retirement. 
  • If approved, health insurance may be subject to a 60 day waiting period.

If you are applying for Teacher Retirement System or Optional Retirement Program disability retirement, please contact your agency’s human resources department.


You must remain permanently disabled to continue receiving benefits. ERS may ask you at any time to undergo a medical examination to determine if you are eligible to continue receiving disability benefits. You must notify ERS if you return to work.