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Beneficiary Frequently Asked Questions

My spouse or Registered Domestic Partner was an SDCERA Member and just passed away. What should I do?
Contact SDCERA's Member Service Center at 619.515.6800 to begin the beneficiary benefits process. You will need to provide SDCERA with a photocopy of their death certificate.

When will I receive my lump-sum death benefit payment and/or survivor continuance?
Death benefits are generally paid the month following SDCERA's receipt of all required documentation (e.g., death certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), completed forms, etc.).

As a beneficiary, can I participate in the Retiree Health Program?
Yes. If you are receiving a monthly benefit from SDCERA you are eligible to participate in the SDCERA-sponsored health and dental plans.


What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney permits another individual to access your SDCERA Member information and to make decisions on your behalf.

How do I establish an SDCERA Power of Attorney?
You may download an SDCERA Power of Attorney form at

You may also submit a non-SDCERA Power of Attorney but it will need to be reviewed by the Legal Department before being accepted.


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SDCERA is governed by the California Constitution, the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (Government Code Section 31450 et seq.), as adopted and implemented by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors and the SDCERA Board of Retirement, the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (Government Code Section 7522 et seq.), the Internal Revenue Code, and various other rules and regulations, all of which are subject to change. In the event of any conflict between these governing authorities and the information contained on this website, the governing authorities take precedence.

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