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Change My Beneficiary?


Because life changes (death, marriage, having a child, divorce) can occur during your career with the city, it is very important to ensure your beneficiary designation is up-to-date. Beneficiary data is shown on your annual statement and can be viewed through MyTMRS or may be requested in writing.

You can designate or change your beneficiary in MyTMRS by logging on and clicking the blue Update button on the right side of the Beneficiaries tab. Beneficiary choices that require spousal consent (if you are vested, married, and naming a beneficiary other than your spouse) still require a paper form and a signature. MyTMRS will alert you if spousal consent is necessary and will direct you to the correct form.

You can also update your beneficiary using the Beneficiary Designation Before Retirement (TMRS-BENE) form. 

After you become vested, you must resubmit a new beneficiary designation (through MyTMRS or by paper form) with TMRS, even if you do not change your beneficiary. 

Vesting is an important time to review your beneficiary because if you die without having a valid beneficiary designation on file at TMRS, death benefits will be paid in the following order after in-depth review:

  • To your spouse; or
  • To your children if there is no spouse; or
  • To the last designated beneficiary if there is no spouse and no children; or
  • To the estate

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