Reporting a Death

To report the death of a KCERA retiree, call the KCERA office at (661) 381-7700. If you are the designated beneficiary of the deceased retiree, a retirement services representative will explain what survivorship benefits, if any, are payable to you. In general, you will need to provide a copy of the following documentation:

  • Retiree’s death certificate
  • Retiree’s marriage certificate (if married)
  • Beneficiary’s birth certificate (if a minor child)
  • Beneficiary’s guardianship papers (if a minor child)
  • Beneficiary’s state-issued photo identification card

KCERA will also send the following forms to the retiree’s designated beneficiary to be completed and returned:

  • Claim for Survivorship Benefit Form
  • Retirement Payment Authorization Form
  • Contact Designation Form

After the required documentation and forms are received, KCERA will notify the designated beneficiary about any survivorship benefits payable.

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