New Features Available in MyNYSTRS


You already know that you can use your MyNYSTRS account to access your membership information, file forms and message us securely. Now MyNYSTRS has introduced even more self-service tools.

Beneficiary Changes: In addition to being able to check your beneficiaries online, you are now able to update your Paragraph 2 Death Benefit beneficiaries (if you are eligible for this benefit) and your retirement benefit beneficiaries (if you chose a benefit option at retirement that allows beneficiary changes) through your secure online account instead of using a paper form.

Retirees may only change their retirement benefit beneficiary if they elected a lump sum option or if they elected a guarantee option and the guaranteed period is still in effect.

New beneficiaries filed will supersede any previous designation. Members with a Domestic Relations Order (DRO) on file cannot change their beneficiaries using MyNYSTRS at this time.

Disability Retirement Application: Members who want to apply for a disability retirement, including those seeking to apply "for protection only" in the event of a life-threatening illness or surgery, can now apply online instead of using a paper form. (If you prefer, paper forms may still be submitted via fax or mail to NYSTRS.)

Domestic Relations Order (DRO): Active and retired members with an approved DRO on file can now see the details of how the DRO affects their retirement benefits in a new page in their MyNYSTRS account.

Verification of Contributions Letters: Active members who need a letter verifying the amount of their accumulated contributions in order to apply for a mortgage or bank loan can now print one out themselves from their MyNYSTRS account – a timely and convenient alternative to sending in a request and waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Retired members can print an income verification letter confirming the amount of their pension benefit.

If you don’t have a MyNYSTRS account, we encourage you to create one. It’s safe, secure and easy! Visit the Registration page and follow the step-by-step instructions given. You will need your seven-digit NYSTRS EmplID (found on your Profile and all official correspondence you receive from NYSTRS) and the last four digits of your Social Security number.