CSRS Retirement Eligibility

Eligibility for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirement benefits is determined by your age at retirement, your number of years of creditable service, what type of retirement you choose and in some cases, other special requirements. There are several categories of retirement. In all cases, you must have served in a position subject to CSRS coverage for one of the last two years before you take retirement. This article discusses eligibility issues requirements for each type of retirement.


CSRS Retirement Categories and Eligibility:

CSRS Optional Voluntary Retirement

This CSRS retirement category enables you to obtain immediate retirement annuity benefits. There are no special requirements other than your age and number of years of creditable service. Here are the age and years of service requirements for this retirement option:

Age                         Years of Service

62                           5

60                           20