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Enrolling and Registering with the ASRS

by Nathaniel Brengle, Communications Specialist

Whether you’re a new Arizona State Retirement System member or not, it’s important to understand that there’s a subtle but important distinction between simply being enrolled with the ASRS, and being fully registered with the ASRS. It’s easy to get through enrollment and skip or put off registering, which will hamper your ability to manage your retirement account in the future.

What’s the difference? And how do you know if you’re fully registered?

In reality, “enrolling” and “registering” are 2 parts of the same process – which is becoming a member of the ASRS and claiming your account as yours. The first step is enrolling. This happens when you’re first hired. Your employer gave you an enrollment code, which you used at AzASRS.gov to get your account set up. The information you submit during this process will be verified by your employer, and used to set up your retirement account with ASRS. 

It’s at this point that it’s important to remember: There is still one more step left!

After you’ve submitted your information, you’ll be asked to create a login ID and password. Once you do this – and verify your account – NOW you are fully registered. Why is this final (and easily overlooked!) step so important? For a number of reasons, not the least of which is the security of your future retirement. Once registered, you’ll be able to see the funds that are in your account and be notified via an email alert whenever your account is accessed. In addition to being able to keep an eye on your growing money, you’ll also be able to add beneficiaries, update your account information should your email or street address change, as well as estimate your future retirement funds and more. 

So, are you registered with the ASRS? If not – or you aren’t sure – head to AzASRS.gov, click on myASRS in the top right, and get started!  Even if you have registered previously, it’s a good habit to get into to periodically log in and check that all your information is correct and current. Do this, and come retirement, you should be in good shape!

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This article appeared in "Expanding Your Financial Horizons" (Q4-2017), a digital publication of the ASRS.

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