Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association

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Welcome to the VCERA website!

The Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) was established in 1947 for employees of the County of Ventura pursuant to the provisions of the County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 (California Government Code sections 31450 through 31897).  VCERA provides retirement benefit services to its more than 15,000 active and retired members.

To contact the Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association, please click here or utilize the following:

Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association
1190 S Victoria Avenue, Suite 200, Ventura, CA 93003
Office: (805) 339-4250  Fax: (805) 339-4269

Guidance to Investment Industry Service Providers

VCERA does not employ investment management personnel for you to contact. Please read the open letter providing guidance for investment industry vendors seeking to market their products and services to VCERA.

Notice to Members Regarding Marital Separation Prior to the Year 2000

If you have had a marital separation prior to the year 2000, please notify VCERA well in advance of submitting your Retirement Application Packet.


Notice to Members Regarding Pensionable Compensation for New Members Under PEPRA

The purpose of this notice is to provide members with information with regard to the status of the Board of Retirement's interpretation and implementation of the new pensionable compensation definition in PEPRA. Please read the notice linked below for more information.


Tier 1 and Safety
Annual Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

On February 23, 2015, the Board of Retirement approved the annual retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015. The following COLA increases will be reflected in the April 30, 2015, retiree benefits checks for all Tier 1 and Safety members:

Retired 04/01/1982 or prior 3.00%
Retired 04/02/1982 to 04/01/1983 1.00%
Retired 04/02/1983 to 04/01/2015 0.50%

Retired members with eligible SEIU Tier II COLA service will receive a 2% COLA on that portion of service on April 1, 2015.


 Retirement Workshop Videos...

are now available on VCERA's website!  Click here to get the guidance you need by watching the workshop videos.  The videos provide general advice and explain what you must do prior to retirement to be prepared.

If you have specific questions, get in touch with our knowledgeable Retirement Benefits Specialists at 805-339-4250.



Is your beneficiary information up to date? VCERA provides for the payment of a $5,000 lump-sum death benefit to the named beneficiary of a deceased retiree member.

If you need to update any of your information, click here to fill out the appropriate form to ensure that your retirement records remain current.  Beneficiary changes must be made in writing.  It is important to keep your beneficiary designation current.

If you have questions or require assistance with completing any of the forms, please contact the VCERA office at 805-339-4250 or by email at:



Retired VCERA members may participate in a state-wide vision care insurance program.  The program is co-sponsored by SACRS (State Association of County Retirement Systems) and Vision Services Plan (VSP).

For more information, please contact VSP directly at 800-400-4569 to find out when the next open enrollment period will be.

You can click on the VSP Logo below, to view the brochure.

VSP Vision Care Mailer



The Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) is committed to providing retirement, death and disability benefits to our members and their beneficiaries in an accurate and timely manner.  VCERA shall strive to project a positive image by the delivery of services to our members, their beneficiaries and all other stakeholders, in a courteous and professional manner.