If you are eligible to purchase Service Credit, doing so may
count toward your retirement eligibility and may increase your
retirement allowance and health subsidy. LACERS offers the
following Service Purchase options:
Government Service Buybacks (GSB)
Tier 1 and Tier 3 Members
Full-time employment with other governmental entities
Uncompensated maternity leave from the City
To apply to purchase GSB Service Credit for service other than
uncompensated maternity leaves, complete a Certification of
Service form and return it to LACERS.
For purchases of military time, you will need to submit an
original Form DD214 or a copy certified by the Department of
For purchases of uncompensated maternity leaves, complete a
Certification of Uncompensated Maternity Leave form and return it
to LACERS. You will need to submit a copy of the corresponding
birth certificate for each maternity leave of absence.
Part-time or temporary City employment when not a LACERS
Workers’ Compensation temporary disability time
To apply to make a Back Contribution to purchase Service Credit
for times of participation in the PSP, complete Section (B) of
the Application to Purchase Previous City Service form and return
it to LACERS.
Hiring Hall City Employment while not a LACERS
Member or making contributions to LACERS
To apply to purchase Hiring Hall time, complete Section B of the
Application to Purchase Previous City Service form, and return it
to LACERS with a notarized Certification For Hiring Hall Service
You must also submit a signed and notarized Certification For
Hiring Hall Service Purchase Form declaring under penalty of
perjury that you are not currently receiving a retirement benefit
and you are not entitled to receive a retirement benefit in the
future from the Hiring Hall Union Plan (even if you go back and
earn sufficient vesting credits). In addition to your
certification, this document will require a full certification by
an authorized representative of your Hiring Hall Union Plan.
A waiver must be received from the Union Plan stating
that you would never qualify to receive future benefits from the
Hiring Hall Union Plan.