Reciprocal Retirement Systems

General information

Reciprocity is an agreement among public retirement systems to allow members to move from one public employer to another public employer within a specific time limit without losing some valuable retirement and related benefit rights.

CCCERA is reciprocal with the other county retirement systems under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL or 1937 Act), as well as the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and any system that has a reciprocal agreement with CalPERS. To verify whether a system has reciprocity with CCCERA, contact our office.

Reciprocal agreements exist between CCCERA and the following systems.

CCCERA is reciprocal with the other 19 CERL systems

CCCERA is reciprocal with California state retirement systems

CCCERA is reciprocal with the following systems through their reciprocal agreements with CalPERS

CCCERA has limited reciprocity with the University of California through state law and agreements with CalPERS

There is no minimum amount of service credit required with any public employer to establish reciprocity. Reciprocal retirement agreements between public agencies can change or terminate. Plan policies may also change through the adoption of benefit changes or legislation. 

Membership rules vary from plan to plan; as a reciprocal member, your benefits are subject to the laws and policies of each individual system. You must contact each reciprocal employer to verify plan rules and obligations.