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Frequently Asked Questions Retirement

How do I apply for benefits?

In many cases, after receiving the report of a retiree's death, we can start monthly payments to those who are eligible based on the records we have on file. In every case, we will tell you what benefits are payable and provide the necessary forms and help to apply for benefits.

If you are the survivor of an employee who has passed away while working for the Federal Government, please contact the personnel office of the Federal agency where the employee worked. You should complete the following form-

If the employee was covered under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) at the time of death:

Application for Death Benefits/CSRS, Standard Form (SF) 2800Fillable PDF file [806 KB]

If the employee was covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) at the time of death:

Application for Death Benefits/FERS, Standard Form (SF) 3104Fillable PDF file [741 KB]

If you are the survivor of an employee who has passed away after separating from a position with the Federal Government under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), but before receiving any retirement benefits, you should file the following form-

Application for Death Benefits/FERS, Standard Form (SF) 3104Fillable PDF file [741 KB]

Attach any other forms and/or evidence as the application or circumstances require. Attach a copy of the employee’s death certificate and a copy of the certificate of the marriage to the widow or widower. Give the application to the personnel office. A widow or widower who is claiming benefits for himself or herself and on behalf of children should file one application.

If a lump sum payment is due following the death of someone who passed away after leaving Government service but before retirement, please complete the Application for Death Benefits, Standard Form (SF) 2800Fillable PDF file [806 KB] and attach any other forms and/or evidence as the application or circumstances require. Send it to this address.

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