Do you have questions about your retirement account? Need to change your withholding? Having trouble getting through to the Division of Pensions by telephone? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider signing up for the Member Benefit Online System (MBOS). Signing up will enable you to check the status of your account at any time, from anywhere.

MBOS is an internet-based application that allows registered members to check on their pension retirement accounts, as well as change their addresses, change or begin direct deposit of pension checks, change life insurance beneficiaries, acquire federal and state tax information, and update federal and state tax withholdings.

In addition, the site plans to have future applications that will give you access to your School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) account and allow for online designation of beneficiaries and submission of documentation.

Registration is easy. New users need to follow the directions provided on the tear-off card found in the March NJREA Newsletter and remember to write down their logon information for future use. If you are already registered before retiring, you do not need to register again. Simply continue to use your logon ID and password from the account you established when you were an active employee, but you will need your retirement account number to switch to a retired user.

If you have registered for MBOS but cannot remember your logon ID, there is a system to automatically request that it be e-mailed to you by visiting the MyNewJersey portal online. The MyNewJersey portal is the access point through which state-administered retirement system members sign on to MBOS. The logon ID retrieval process is like any password reset feature and uses the same user-defined and provided challenge question, response and e-mail address for confirmation and contact. For additional information about MyNewJersey, or to contact the MyNewJersey support staff, visit nj.gov/mynj/myNJRestrHelp.html.

More detailed information is available on the New Jersey Division of Pensions website at state.nj.us/treasury/pensions. Once there, slide over to “Access MBOS.” If it’s your first time there, select register from the drop-down menu to view the additional information. You may also call the division’s MBOS Help Desk at 609-777-0534.

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