OAR 459-014-0030
Pre-Retirement Designation of Beneficiary


At any time before the effective date of retirement, a member or alternate payee with a separate account may designate a new beneficiary or revoke a previous designation of beneficiary for the purposes of paying benefits under ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) and 238A.410 (Death benefits).


A designation of beneficiary must be:


In a written format acceptable to PERS;


Signed and dated by the member or alternate payee; and


Received by PERS before the member or alternate payee’s death.


The receipt by PERS of a new beneficiary designation revokes all previous designations.


A member who has a member account and IAP account or an alternate payee with separate accounts must file a designation of beneficiary for each account.


If the designation of beneficiary on file with PERS at the time of death is not administrable, distributions will be paid as if no designation of beneficiary had been made in accordance with ORS 238.390 (Death benefit) and 238A.410 (Death benefits).


If a trustee of a trust is named as beneficiary, the individual beneficiary or beneficiaries of the trust will be treated as designated beneficiaries for the purpose of federal Required Minimum Distribution rules pursuant to 26 CFR 1.401(a)(9)-4, if the trust satisfies the following requirements:


The trust is a valid trust under state law, or would be but for the fact it is not funded;


The trust is irrevocable or will become irrevocable upon the death of the member or alternate payee;


The beneficiaries of the trust, with respect to the trust’s interest in the account, are identifiable from the trust instrument. The beneficiaries will be considered identifiable as long as it is possible to identify the beneficiary with the shortest life expectancy; and


PERS is provided:


A copy of the trust document; or


A certification of trust containing the following:
A list of all beneficiaries of the trust;
Certification that the list is correct and complete to the best of the member or alternate payee’s knowledge and the trust satisfies the requirements in subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section; and
A statement agreeing to provide a copy of the trust document upon demand.


If a trust fails to satisfy the requirements in section (6) of this rule, the member will be deemed as having no beneficiary for purposes of Required Minimum Distributions and the entire death benefit must be distributed to the trust by December 31 of the calendar year containing the fifth anniversary of the death of the member or alternate payee pursuant to 26 CFR 1.401(a)(9)-3.


The beneficiary designation made by a Tier One or Tier Two member will apply to the member account as defined in ORS 238.005 (Definitions) and any optional unit account under ORS 238.440 (Optional purchase of benefit units by police and firefighters).


A pre-retirement designation of beneficiary may not be made for the OPSRP Pension Program as ORS 238A.230 (Death benefit) determines who is eligible to receive a pre-retirement death benefit.


The right of a beneficiary to receive a death benefit payment may not be deemed nullified or waived by any agreement or property settlement between the member and the beneficiary, or on behalf of either of them, which does not specifically mention such right and waive it on the part of the beneficiary or vacate and set aside the designation of said beneficiary by such member.

Source: Rule 459-014-0030 — Pre-Retirement Designation of Beneficiary, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=459-014-0030.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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