Retiring shortly?

You’re nearly there: your 67th birthday is approaching and your retirement is drawing near.  What needs to be done?

6 months before reaching basic State Pension age (AOW-leeftijd), Pensioenfonds Detailhandel will send you information about how to apply for your pension.  Your date of birth determines the basic State Pension (AOW-uitkering) starting date. In case you choose to retire earlier, your pension will not start automatically. If you wish to claim your retirement pension earlier, you must contact the Pensioenfonds yourself. It is necessary to do this at least half a year before the (desired) retirement date, due to the application period.

Generally the Social Security Bank will send your basic State Pension (AOW) application form six months in advance.