1. Whom should I contact if I am disabled and have been a Florida county or state employee?
You should contact:
Florida Retirement System Pension Plan
Application for Disability Retirement
2639 N. Monroe St., Bldg. C
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1560
or your Human Resources and Benefits coordinator at your place of government employment.
1a. What will I need to file?
The Florida Retirement System (FRS) provides two types of disability retirement benefits: “in-line-of-duty” and “regular.” “In the line of duty” refers to being disabled by a condition or illness that was related to your work as a state employee. “Regular” refers to all other cases.
To apply for disability retirement, you must complete and submit the following forms:
FORM FR-13, Application for Disability Retirement- You must provide the Division of Retirement with a properly-signed and completed disability application FORM Fr-13. Your retirement date is determined by the date the Division received your disability application. Therefore, you may submit your application prior to submitting the other required forms. Your retirement date will be established as follows:
If you are no longer employed and your disability application is not received within thirty days of your termination date, your effective retirement date will be the first day of the month following the date we receive your application.
If your disability application is received within thirty days of your termination date, your effective retirement date will be the first day of the month following your termination date.
If you are currently employed in an FRS-covered position, your effective retirement date will be the first day of the month following the date we receive your disability application or the first day of the month following the last month for which salary is reported or creditable service is granted, provided we receive your disability application before such day and your documented termination date occurs after such day. Your effective retirement date cannot be established until you have officially terminated all FRS-covered employment and all required documents have been received.
FORM FR-13a, Statement of Disability by Employer- This form must be completed and signed by an appropriate agency official in your Personal Office or your immediate supervisor.
FORM FR-13b, Physician’s Report- As proof of disability, Statute 121.091(4) requires two different Florida-licensed physicians who have treated you for your disabling condition to attest to your total and permanent disability. It may be advisable to consult an attorney who handles State Retirement and Disability Retirement before doing so, as choosing the wrong doctor will hurt your case.