Who should I contact if an annuitant dies?
Promptly notify the nearest RRB field office
when an employee, spouse, or survivor annuitant dies to avoid possible
overpayment. Please have the deceased person's name, exact date of death and
railroad retirement claim number when you contact the RRB.
If the annuity was paid by Direct Deposit, also notify the financial
institution of the annuitant's death.
May I cash or deposit an annuity check sent
to the deceased after death?
No. An annuity is not due (payable) for the month in which an annuitant dies. Do
not cash or deposit an annuity check after the death of the annuitant. Annuity
payments electronically sent to a financial institution through Direct Deposit
after the annuitant dies also are not due. You must return checks that were
mistakenly cashed or deposited, as well as electronic deposits made after the
annuitant's death. The unlawful retention of money not due may be a Federal
How do I return checks or payments sent to
You must return any RRB payments received after the date of death.
- If a check is received after the annuitant's date of death, it must be
returned to the RRB or to the Department of the Treasury address shown on the
- If a payment is directly deposited to the account of an annuitant after
the annuitant's date of death, the financial institution is required to return
the payment to Treasury. Ask the financial institution to return any funds
received after the date of death. The annuitant's account should remain open
until Treasury has received all not-due payments.
Can I receive survivor benefits?
When an employee dies, survivor benefits may be payable.
The RRB field office will provide more information on survivor benefits.
Read more about survivor benefits.