Retirement Planning Seminars

DRS retirement planning seminars are for members who are within five years of retirement. Seminars are held from 9 am to 2:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays at various locations throughout the state. If you're unable to attend one of these sessions, we also offer prerecorded seminars online

These seminars are designed to provide a broad range of information you need as you near retirement. They will help you understand the details of your retirement benefits by learning how VEBA (Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association), health insurance, deferred compensation and your pension work. 

These are group presentations. Individual appointments with DRS retirement specialists can be made by email or by calling 800-547-6657 or 360-664-7000.

Please note: LEOFF Plan 1 and WSPRS Plan 1 benefit information is no longer offered at DRS seminars. For retirement planning assistance in these plans, we encourage you to:

  • Review your account information and create benefit estimates through Online Account Access
  • Request a benefit estimate, if you are within two years of retirement
  • Arrange a one-on-one appointment (in person, by phone, or via Skype or a different available videoconferencing tool) with a DRS retirement specialist

Please be advised that organizations not affiliated with, nor invited by, DRS may have information tables at or near the seminar.

Register for a seminar

  • Using online registration
  • By email
  • By calling 888-711-6676 or 360-664-7300 or 711 for TTY service for the hearing impaired
  • By mail:
    Department of Retirement Systems
    Education and Outreach Team
    PO Box 48380
    Olympia, WA 98504-8380

What to bring: Please note that printed materials are not provided at these seminars. To review, download or print seminar materials, visit the Seminar Preparation page. You are encouraged to come prepared to take notes.

Questions about attending seminars

When should I attend a DRS seminar?
If you're planning to retire within the next five years, this is the best time to attend.
Where are the seminars held?
We host seminars throughout Washington state. Check the schedule for the cities closest to you.
May I bring a guest?
Yes. You are welcome to bring a guest.