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Returning to Active SDCERA Membership from Deferred Membership

A Deferred Member is a former employee of the County of San Diego or an SDCERA participating employer (i.e., the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego; San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission; or San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority) AND who left their retirement contributions with SDCERA.

A Deferred Member's Benefit Tier may change when the Member returns to Active SDCERA Membership from Deferred Membership.

Returning to Active SDCERA Membership with the same SDCERA employer:

When a Deferred Tier A, Tier B, Tier C or Tier D Member returns to work with the same SDCERA employer, they will be placed in the same Benefit Tier they were in before.

When a Deferred Tier I Member returns to work with the same SDCERA employer, they will be placed in Tier A Membership from their date of re-entry.

Returning to Active SDCERA Membership with the different SDCERA employer:

When a Deferred Tier I, Tier A or Tier B Member returns to work with a different SDCERA employer, they will be placed in Tier B Membership from their date of re-entry.

When a Deferred Tier C or Tier D Member returns to work with a different SDCERA employer, they will be placed in Tier D Membership from their date of re-entry.

A Deferred Tier I, Tier A or Tier B Member's entry age determines their contribution rate.

If a Deferred Tier I, Tier A and Tier B Member returns to Active SDCERA Membership within six months of terminating employment with the County, an SDCERA participating employer or a reciprocal agency, SDCERA will use their original entry age to determine their contribution rate.

If a Deferred Tier I, Tier A and Tier B Member returns to Active SDCERA Membership after more than six months of terminating employment with the County, an SDCERA participating employer or a reciprocal agency, SDCERA will use their age at the time of re-entry to determine their contribution rate.

Tier C and Tier D Members' contribution rates are not based on the Member's entry age.

If you have any questions about returning to Active SDCERA Membership from Deferred Membership, call SDCERA's Member Service Center at (619) 515-6800.