Apply for a Service Pension


Ready to retire?  Follow these steps to apply for a Service Pension!

Step 1

Obtain your Letter of Intent (LOI) to Retire.  At least six weeks before your desired retirement date, schedule an appointment with your department’s counselor to begin the application process.  At your appointment, your counselor will help you prepare your LOI and:

  • Provide information regarding unused sick, vacation and overtime balances;
  • Help you select a pension effective date that will be advantageous to you; and  
  • Make your retirement appointment with LAFPP DROP/Service Pensions. to complete your LAFPP .

Step 2

Submit Required Documents to LAFPP.  Next, you will meet with the LAFPP Benefits Specialist to apply for service retirement.  Please bring your LOI to Retire (signed by you and your employing department)to your appointment.  In addition, please bring any of the following personal documents and certificates that are not on file, including:

  • Your marriage certificate or proof of dissolution of prior marriage(s), such as final dissolution of marriage decree(s) or death certificate(s),
  • Birth certificate(s) for your minor or dependent children, and/or
  • Letter from the Department confirming filing of a Declaration of Domestic Partnership.

At your appointment, you will complete the following forms and receive information on non-taxable contributions and retaining current voluntary deductions.

Step 3

Receive First Pension Check.  The LAFPP Benefits Specialist will process your completed application and forms.  You will receive your first pension check at the end of the following month after your retirement effective date.


If you have any questions, you may contact the DROP/Service Pensions Section at (213) 279-3100 or (844) 88-LAFPP (52377).


Application for Service

Income Tax Withholding Form

Direct Deposit Form