Participation date is when a member began paying contributions and earning service credit with KRS. This date may be different from the hire date. A members participation date can change the level of benefits to which they are entitled, health insurance eligibility, and their eligibility to purchase service.
Some employees are hired into positions which are classified as non-participating by KRS. If you are employed in a non-participating position, you are not eligible to pay into KRS and you do not earn service credit. A common example of this is a probationary period. CERS agencies may use a probationary period for new hires. Let’s assume you go to work for an agency with a 6 month probationary period. You will not be eligible to participate with KRS until you have served your 6 months. In this example your participation date with KRS will be 6 months from your hire date. You can easily find your participation date on our self service site.
Request a Personal Identification Number (PIN)
If you have lost or never received a Personal Identification Number (PIN) please contact our office at 502-696-8800 or 1-800-928-4646 and it will be mailed to the address on record with KRS. Please note that this option will cause a delay for the member in accessing the needed information while they wait for the PIN to arrive.
To speed up the process, members and beneficiaries who have a valid email address on file with KRS can also request a new PIN to be sent to them via encrypted email, so they will receive the PIN the same day. A member or beneficiary may request a PIN via encrypted email in Step 2 of the registration process for the self-service portal, in the Contact Information module within the self-service portal, or by contacting KRS toll free at 1-800-928-4646. To request a new PIN through the self-service portal, click here to get started: https://kyret.ky.gov/Pages/Login.aspx