Declare Your Intent to Purchase Some Types of Service Credit On Your Enrollment Questionnaire

If you are currently an active or deferred ACERA member, and you think you may want to purchase certain types of service credit in the future, you have one year from your date of ACERA membership to declare your intent to purchase that service credit.

How To Declare Your Intent

Check the box to declare your intent on your ACERA Member Enrollment Questionnaire that your employer requires you to complete when you start work.

You’re Not Obligated to Actually Make the Purchase

By declaring your intent to purchase the time, you are under no obligation to actually make the purchase; however, if you don’t make the declaration with a year of your date of membership in ACERA, you will lose your eligibility to ever purchase the time. Once you declare your intent, you may make the purchase any time prior to retirement.

What If I’m Not Sure What to Choose?

If you are unsure of whether you have eligible service to purchase, just go ahead and check the box on the ACERA Member Enrollment Questionnaire. You’re under no obligation to actually make the purchase.

What If I Don’t Remember Whether I Checked the Box to Declare My Intent?

You may also contact ACERA and ask us.

Types of Service Credit For Which You Must Declare Intent To Purchase

  • Part-time or Service-as-needed
  • Project
  • TAP (County Temporary Assignment Pool)
  • Temporary (not with temporary agency)
  • Intermittent (Seasonal)
  • Other Prior Public Service Time

Do I Have To Declare Intent To Purchase Other Types Of Service Credit?—No.

Other types of service credit not listed above that are eligible for purchase do not require a declaration of intent.

If I’ve Already Purchased The Service, Do I Have To Declare My Intent?—No.

If you have already purchased the service credit in question, you do not need to complete this form or submit a statement of intent to ACERA.