If you leave LAGERS covered employment, there are several options for your LAGERS benefit. The available options will depend on how and when you separate from LAGERS covered employment.

If you leave employment before becoming vested (60 months of service), you may:

If you are vested (60 months of service) with less than 10 years of service and are more than10 years from your normal retirement age, you may:

If you are vested (60 months of service), are younger than early retirement age and either have more than 10 years of service or are less than 10 years away from retirement, you may:



If you are vested (60 months of service) and are beyond your Rule of 80 age or Normal Retirement Age, you are eligible at any time to begin receiving their monthly LAGERS benefit.






A member may apply for and receive a refund of his or her accumulated contributions, which includes any applicable interest, should he or she leave LAGERS covered employment prior to the time he or she is eligible to receive a monthly benefit (his early retirement age). Once an employee is eligible to receive a monthly allowance, the state law no longer allows for a refund, only the monthly benefit. The member must have a minimum break in LAGERS covered service of one month to be eligible for a refund.


Taking a refund of accumulated contributions forfeits your LAGERS service credit.


It normally requires between 60 and 90 days to process a request for a refund. Checks are generated on the first of a month. Refunds for terminated members cannot be processed until the employer report showing no wages paid to the member is received by the LAGERS office (to be certain all contributions have been reported).

Refund payments, as well as monthly benefits, are not subject to garnishment, execution or bankruptcy proceedings except in the case of certain crimes.



If a member takes a refund and later reemploys with a LAGERS employer within 10 years, he or she may redeposit those funds, plus any applicable interest, to reinstate that prior service credit.


Contact the LAGERS office if you are interested in reinstating service credit.





Lump Sum

Vested members leaving the LAGERS system who have less than 10 years of service credit and are more than 10 years from normal retirement age may receive a lump sum payment.  The amount of the member’s lump sum is calculated as the actuarial equivalent of the reserve value of member’s deferred monthly allowance.  Any lump sum payment will result in forfeiture of a future monthly benefit at retirement.  It will also result in the forfeiture of any service credit should the member ever reemploy within the LAGERS system.





Deferred Retirement

If you have 5 or more years of credited service and leave LAGERS coverage before your early retirement age, you may be eligible for a deferred allowance. A deferred retirement means that you are vested with the LAGERS system, therefore guaranteed a monthly benefit, but are not yet age eligible to begin receiving it.


If you have a deferred allowance, you may apply for your LAGERS benefits at any time upon attainment of your earliest retirement age.


The temporary allowance payable under the LT-4(62), LT-5(62) and LT-8(62) or LT-4(65), LT-5(65), LT-8(65), LT-10(65), and LT14(65) do not apply to deferred allowances.



Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System
Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System
Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System