The first day of work in your full time, retirement-eligible position.
You may have started out working part time or in another working status that is ineligible for membership, but your date of hire regarding ACERA is when you started your full time, retirement-eligible position.
For Alameda County Housing Authority and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District employees: your Hire Date is also your Entry Date into ACERA.
1st Day of 2nd Pay Period
Your first day of ACERA membership is the first day of your second full time pay period in your retirement-eligible position.
For Alameda County Housing Authority and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District employees: your Hire Date is your Entry Date into ACERA, rather than this date.
Once you earn 5 years of service credit (including reciprocal service credit), you’re vested in the retirement system and have earned the right to receive the vested (guaranteed) benefits in retirement. Some types of service credit purchases count toward meeting the 5-year requirement.
You may retire when you meet one of these eligibility requirements.
Membership† (With at Least 5 Years Service Credit*):
30 yrs (General)
20 yrs (Safety)‡
Eligibility Option 3
Service Credit: Any amount
Eligibility Option 1
Service Credit: 5 yrs*
Eligibility Option 2
Service Credit: Any amount
* For members with redeposits, 5 years of service credit includes time from the redeposited membership. For members with reciprocity, 5 years of service credit is calculated from date of entry into earliest reciprocal system.
† For members with redeposits, qualifying membership is calculated from the original date of entry of the redeposited membership. For members with reciprocity, qualifying membership is calculated from date of entry into earliest reciprocal system.
‡ Under Option 2 for tiers 1, 2, and 3, you can only retire with 20 years service credit if your final employment is as a safety member.
§ Under Option 1 for tier 4, you can only retire at age 50 if your final employment is as a safety member.
Your last day in active payroll status. If you’re going straight into retirement, this will be the day before your Retirement Date. If not, you can defer your retirement to a later date while maintaining your membership.
Date You Choose
Your first day of retirement. We owe you pension benefits as of this day.
Date of Your Death
You’ll receive your pension allowance payments until the day you die.
Day Your Beneficiary Dies
If you name a qualified beneficiary for a continuing payment (continuance), upon your death your beneficiary will receive allowance payments for the rest of their life.