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The Department of Employee Trust Funds is currently experiencing a high volume of requests from Wisconsin Retirement System members wanting to schedule a retirement appointment.

The typical wait time for appointments is up to six weeks and requires a retirement estimate for the appointment to be scheduled. New appointments open daily but fill quickly during peak periods in the spring and fall.

If you’re planning to retire soon, here are some helpful tips.

Watch this Video

The 5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement video will help you choose a termination date, request a retirement estimate, read and understand the retirement estimate, schedule a retirement appointment (optional), and submit a retirement application.

You may also want to check out the three-part video series on Applying for Retirement.

Request a Retirement Estimate

Visit the Applying for Retirement page for a handy retirement checklist and other resources.

If you’re within 12 months of your minimum retirement age, complete and submit the secure online or paper retirement estimate request form.

It may take up to six weeks for ETF to provide you with your personalized retirement estimate and application.

Schedule a Retirement Appointment

Visit the Schedule an Appointment page to learn about the types of appointments available and to book your appointment. Note: Retirement appointments are optional and not required to complete the retirement process. 

Consider scheduling an online, small group appointment, which can often be scheduled sooner than individual (in-person or online) appointments and cover identical information provided in an individual appointment.

Online appointments are convenient, secure, and private. Attendees cannot see each other and are in “listen-only” mode but may submit questions directly to the benefits specialist via the chat feature.

When you’re ready to book an appointment, use the online appointment scheduling system.

Keep ETF informed of any address changes so that mailings will reach you. Complete and submit the Address/Name Change (ET-2815) form.