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Eligibility

A Member's Classification and Tier determine retirement eligibility. 

Classification: GENERAL
Tier I
and
Tier A

Age 50 with 5 years of service credit and 10 years of eligibility

OR

Any age with 5 years of service credit and 30 years of eligibility

OR

Age 70 with any amount of service credit

Tier B

Age 55 with 5 years of service credit and 10 years of eligibility

OR

Any age with 5 years of service credit and 30 years of eligibility

OR

Age 70 with any amount of service credit

Tier C
and
Tier D

Age 52 with 5 years of service credit

OR

Age 70 with any amount of service credit



Classification: SAFETY
Tier A
and
Tier B

Age 50 with 5 years of service credit and 10 years of eligibility

OR

Any age with 5 years of service credit and 20 years of eligibility

OR

Age 70 with any amount of service credit

Tier C

Age 50 with 5 years of service credit

OR

Age 70 with any amount of service credit

A Member in paid status who works at least 20 hours per week earns service credit on an hour-for-hour basis. A Member earns one year of service credit for each year of full-time employment, and part-time work results in a proportionate amount of service credit (e.g., a Member who works 20 hours per week for one year will receive one half year of service credit). In addition, a Member may purchase service credit in certain circumstances.

By law, if a Member earns service credit in more than one Classification or Tier, SDCERA must use the Member's most recent Membership Classification and Tier to determine the Member's retirement eligibility. For example, SDCERA will use the Safety Member eligibility rules in the case of a Member who earns service credit first as a General Member and then as a Safety Member.

Eligibility is calculated by adding the following: