Receiving Pension Benefit Payments From ACERA

Retirement allowances are paid on a monthly basis.  ACERA mandates signing up for direct deposit, so that your monthly check will be deposited directly into your bank account. Direct deposit is easy, safe, and reliable, and can save you time and money. You will receive a monthly Electronic File Transfer (EFT) statement in the mail each month whenever you are paid through direct deposit. This process ensures the receipt of funds, especially in the case of a natural disaster, Post Office delivery delays, or theft.

To sign-up for direct deposit, or to change the current financial institution your check is deposited with, complete and return a Direct Deposit Authorization Form to ACERA.

ACERA Cannot Direct Deposit Into a Trust

Unfortunately, the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) prevents ACERA from direct depositing your monthly retirement allowance into a trust.

Possible Deductions From Your Retirement Check

Other than certain court-ordered amounts (e.g., spousal support, domestic partner support, child support), ACERA may only withhold deductions for the following items: