The Alternate Retirement Program, or ARP, is a retirement savings program in which certain State employees were automatically enrolled between August 11, 2004, and June 30, 2013 for their first two years of employment with the State of California. ARP provided up to two years of retirement savings in place of retirement service credit under the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS.) Even though employees did not earn retirement service credit with CalPERS during this period, employees still received CalPERS membership and were entitled to all other CalPERS benefits.
Note: Employees who became CalPERS eligible on or after July 1, 2013 were not subject to ARP. This included PST employees who were employed prior to July 1, 2013 and became CalPERS eligible on or after July 1, 2013.
Senate Bill 1105, effective August 11, 2004
CalHR Law 19999.3
Employees enrolled in ARP were covered by Social Security. New State miscellaneous and industrial employees hired between August 11, 2004 and June 30, 2013 were enrolled into ARP for 24 months from the date the employee first qualified for CalPERS membership (typically the employee's original hire date).
A separation did not alter the 24 month period. If an employee separated and returned to a miscellaneous or industrial position within the 24 months of their enrollment to ARP, they went back into ARP to complete their 24 month period.
ARP enrollment was effective upon appointment for all employees who met the criteria for ARP. Personnel departments were responsible for establishing ARP coverage for eligible employees.
ARP had three phases that spanned a four year period:
When the turnaround PAR was received, departments provided the employee with the CalPERS State Miscellaneous and Industrial Members Retirement Benefit Election Package (PUB 52) available at
Employees currently working for the State must notify their departmental personnel/payroll office of an address change and complete an Employee Action Request (EAR Form).
Separated employees may update their address online, by phone, fax, or mail.
Employees should provide their full name, Social Security number, former and new address, daytime phone number (including area code), signature and date.
For name changes, employees should provide a copy of their marriage license, dissolution or court document authorizing the name change and a copy of their driver's license or picture ID.
Contact Savings Plus for more information.
Savings Plus issues annual statements reflecting employee contributions, earned interest, and their current balance. ARP Statements and Newsletters are mailed in August to the employee's address on record.
Employees must keep their address information updated, to insure receipt of their ARP Statement. Statements continue as long as the employee has a balance in their ARP account.
Employees may request a distribution by contacting
Savings Plus for more information.