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Apply for Your Pension Benefits

Things to remember about applying for benefits:

  1. You can apply for pension benefits if:
    1. You have received a benefit estimate or Optional Benefit Form letter from PBGC;
      1. An estimate will provide you with information about the amount of your benefit for each possible form of benefit available to you on the date you want your benefits to start.
    2. You are now eligible or will be eligible within the next 180 days to receive benefits from PBGC, under the provisions of your pension plan; and
    3. You would like to begin receiving your retirement benefit within the next 180 days
  2. PBGC will contact you if you are missing any "proof documents" (e.g., a birth certificate) that are required to complete your application.
  3. Note: if you are applying as a beneficiary of a deceased participant, more information can be found on PBGC's Apply for Survivor Benefits webpage.

How to apply:

  1. Use MyPBA, PBGC's online service, to apply

  2. Call PBGC's Customer Contact Center to request an application for pension benefits.
    1. Call at 1-800-400-7242. For TTY/ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to the number above.
    2. Remember to have your Social Security number, plan name and case number ready for the customer service representative so that they are better able to help you.
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