Apply For A Qualified Surviving Spouse / Domestic Partner Pension

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Follow these steps to report a member’s death and to claim a survivor’s pension. 

Review the Survivor Benefits Handbook.

Step 1: Notify LAFPP when a member dies

  • Active Member deaths should be reported to the Disability Pension Section.
  • Retired Member deaths should be reported to the Retirement Services Section.
  • Written correspondence should be mailed to:
    • Active Member Death -

      Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions
      Disability Pension Section 
      701 East Third Street, Suite 200
      Los Angeles, CA 90013

    • Retired Member Death -

      Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions
      Retirement Services Section
      701 East Third Street, Suite 200
      Los Angeles, CA 90013

Step 2: Gather supporting documentation

  • Certified copy of the member’s death certificate.
    Note: It can take approximately 30-90 days to receive a death certificate from the county or other agency.
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate as proof of marriage to our member, if not already in member’s file.
  • Birth certificates for all minor and/or dependent children.
  • Guardianship documents for minor and/or dependent children, where applicable.
  • Adoption documents for minor and/or dependent children, if applicable.
  • If designated beneficiary is deceased, then a certified death certificate of the beneficiary or letters of addition or testamentary is required.

The Disability Pension or Retirement Services Section may request additional information to establish survivor eligibility.

Step 3: Application for survivor pension benefits

  1. Once the death of a member is reported, we will mail the Application for Survivor Pension Benefits to the eligible qualified survivor within 1-2 business days.
  2. Return the completed, notarized application and supporting documents (listed above in “Step 2″) to Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions. (See “Step 1″ for mailing address.) 

    Note: In lieu of having the application notarized, you may complete it in our offices and have it witnessed by an LAFPP employee. Proof of identification is required, e.g., valid Driver License, valid passport with photo or valid official U.S. Military or U.S. Government ID.

  3. Once a completed application and required documents are received, the request for a survivor pension benefit will be scheduled for review at the next available meeting of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners. The Board normally meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9:00 a.m. 
     

    Note: It is not necessary for the survivor applicant to be present at the Board meeting.

  4. Upon Board approval, the qualified survivor’s pension will commence the following month.

Once a complete Application for Survivor Pension Benefits and all required documents are received, it can take approximately 30-60 days before the first payment is issued to the qualified survivor. Incomplete applications and/or missing documents will delay the payment.