A member may be eligible to purchase service from previous public employment, active duty military service, an eligible period of leave or VRS refunded service as service credit in his or her plan. Prior service credit counts toward the five years needed to become vested and eligibility for retirement and the health insurance credit.
To be eligible to purchase prior service, the member must be an active VRS member. The member is not eligible to purchase prior service if employed in a non-covered position, on a leave of absence without pay, a deferred member or retiree.
Members may initiate the purchase of prior service (PPS) online through their myVRS accounts. This self-service option allows members to:
Members will make lump-sum payments directly to VRS or coordinate purchase payment agreements with the employer. The employer also can assist the member with the purchase process using myVRS and myVRS Navigator. The member must apply for and pay for prior service credit while still an active VRS member.
Authorized employer roles can use myVRS Navigator to assist members with: