If I have retired from another retirement system or am eligible to retire, am I excluded from participating in PSERS?

(1) If you have retired from another retirement system authorized by the laws of this state, you cannot participate in PSERS membership unless:
(a) You accrued less than fifteen years of service credit in the other retirement system; or
(b) You are a LEOFF Plan 2 retiree returning to work in a PSERS eligible position and choose to participate in PSERS membership. See WAC 415-104-111.
(2) If you are eligible for normal retirement from another retirement system listed in RCW 41.50.030, you cannot participate in PSERS membership unless:
(a) You accrued less than fifteen years of service credit in the other retirement system; or
(b) You are a dual member as described in RCW 41.54.010.
(3) If you are receiving a disability allowance from another retirement system listed in RCW 41.50.030, you cannot participate in PSERS membership unless you are a LEOFF Plan 2 retiree returning to work in a PSERS eligible position and choose to participate in PSERS membership. See WAC 415-104-111.
(4) Defined terms used. Definitions for the following terms used in this section are:
(a) "Membership" - RCW 41.37.020.
(b) "Service" - RCW 41.37.010.
(c) "Normal retirement" – A member is eligible for normal retirement when they have met their plan's age and/or service credit requirements for a full retirement benefit. Normal retirement does not include early retirement with a reduced benefit, or early retirement with employment restrictions prior to full retirement age. See the following plan definitions of normal retirement:
Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1 – RCW 41.40.180;
Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 – RCW 41.40.630(1);
Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 3 – RCW 41.40.820(1);
Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) – RCW 41.37.210 (1) and (2);
School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Plan 2 – RCW 41.35.420(1);
School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Plan 3 – RCW 41.35.680(1);
Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 – RCW 41.32.480(1);
Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 2 – RCW 41.32.765(1);
Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 3 – RCW 41.32.875(1);
Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) – RCW 43.43.250(2).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5). WSR 18-08-040, § 415-106-725, filed 3/28/18, effective 4/28/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.04.270, and 41.26.500. WSR 09-19-046, § 415-106-725, filed 9/10/09, effective 10/11/09.]
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