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Your IMRF Pension Check

If you do not have your pension payment directly deposited, once you receive your first pension check, you can expect to receive a check at the beginning of each month. The check that you receive around the first of the month will be for that month.

Check mailing date

Monthly pension checks are always dated the first of the month. They are mailed from Oak Brook three calendar days prior to the first of the month. We ask that you wait until the 15th of the month before contacting IMRF about a missing check. This will allow sufficient time for postal delays that are beyond our control. For specific mailing dates, see the check mailing schedule.

Remember: checks are valid on the check date—not the mailing date.

Lost checks

If you do not have your pension payment directly deposited, please wait until the 15th of the month or later before contacting IMRF about a missing check.

You can call and request a replacement check application, or you can write us. If you write us, please be sure to identify the missing payment by date. Also include your name, Social Security number, address, and signature. A stop payment will be placed upon the original check upon receipt of your request. Upon confirmation from the bank, we will mail you a replacement check.

Should you receive the original check in the meantime, please call our office. You may or may not be able to cash the original check—that depends on how far along we are in processing your replacement check. If the original check turns up after you receive the replacement check, please return it to our office.

Other “lost” checks

Failure to notify IMRF of an address change can result in a “lost” check. The post office will forward your pension check to your new address, but only for a limited period of time. To avoid delivery delays, please be sure to submit written address changes promptly.


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IMRF Online provides a brief summary of IMRF benefits and the adminstration of those benefits. IMRF members' and employers' rights and obligations are governed by Article 7 of the Illinois Pension Code. Statements in these publications are general, and the Illinois state law governing IMRF is complex and specific. If a conflict arises between information in these publications and the law, all decisions are based on the law.

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Page Last Updated by lbh on 11/10/08