Retirement security in a changing world
TRSL is the state's largest public retirement system, providing services and benefits to more than 160,000 individuals. Founded in 1936, TRSL is a governmental defined benefit plan qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as a public trust fund to provide retirement benefits for its members. TRSL is funded by member and employer contributions and earnings from investments. TRSL is governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees.
Our goal is to provide exceptional member services, including accurate and timely benefit payments to all eligible retirees, beneficiaries, and survivors.
*TRSL will send you an acknowledgment letter within two weeks of receiving your application. If you do not receive the letter, please contact us at 225-925-6446 or toll free (outside the Baton Rouge area) at 1-877-ASK-TRSL (1-877-275-8775). Once your application is processed, TRSL will send you an Affidavit of Retirement, which is a preliminary estimate of your retirement benefit for each of the available retirement options. TRSL must have a copy of your Social Security card on file to send this affidavit.
Within 15 days, return notarized affidavit
Review your estimated affidavit, carefully select a retirement option, and return the affidavit promptly. Be sure to complete the form, including the federal income tax withholding information, and have the affidavit notarized before returning to TRSL.
REMEMBER: The option you select on your affidavit is irrevocable. It's important to review carefully your benefit options.
Your benefit check
Once you have been retired for a minimum of 30 days, you will begin receiving an estimated benefit check. The first estimated check will be mailed to your home address. All subsequent payments are made by direct deposit. You will receive estimated checks until the final benefit amount has been calculated. TRSL will also issue a check for your retroactive benefits which includes the difference between your estimated checks and your final monthly benefit amount.
Please coordinate your date of retirement with your employer and inform TRSL of any change before cashing or depositing a retirement check. Once you cash or deposit a retirement check, you are retired as of the effective date of your retirement application, and your retirement cannot be canceled.
Any earnings after the effective date of retirement are subject to return-to-work laws.