IT'S HERE... there's a BIG change in ORBIT for members of the Teachers' and State Employees' and Local Governmental Employees' Retirement Systems.
Starting today, you can apply for retirement online! No more filling in multiple forms by hand or waiting for the Retirement Systems Division to receive your paperwork by mail. Not many states have this capability, so this is a pretty big deal, and we're excited to share it with you!
What are the benefits of applying online?
There are a LOT of benefits to using the online application. Here are just a few:
Step-by-step guide. The online application won’t overwhelm you with dozens of empty fields to complete. The online application makes it easy. It allows you to move through the application in small segments, so you can make decisions about your future at your own pace.
Integrated help and resources.With paper forms, we have always been limited by the size of an 8.5x11 piece of paper. To limit the size of each form, we have historically asked for lots of information up front and incorporated help topics in the guides at the end. The online application changes that. We are able to integrate videos, examples and links aimed at educating you on a topic at the exact point you're asked to make a decision.
Built-in pension rules. The online application ensures that each detail you enter about your retirement is within the allowable range of choices. These built-in rules prevent delays in the processing of your retirement application.
What do I do first?
Make sure you have an ORBIT account that is linked to a personal email address. You can register for your account by clicking the link below.
Talk to your employer to let them know your intentions and follow any internal processes your agency has. When you get to the point where you start filling out forms, log in to ORBIT instead and click on the "Apply for Retirement Online" link to get started! If you prefer paper over our new online retirement application, you may still apply for retirement using the appropriate form. Please note that state statute requires that you be within 120 days from your chosen retirement date to apply for retirement.