Protecting Your Personal Information
In this day and age, it is extremely important to safeguard your personal information, especially your Social Security number. SDRS is diligent in protecting the personal information with which it has been entrusted. Your records are kept confidential and can only be released to you, with your authorization, or by court order. The security and protection of SDRS member information is extremely important and a high priority for SDRS.
It is important to note that SDRS requires certain personal information for proper administration of the system, including payment of SDRS benefits and federal income tax reporting of those payments. As such, it is necessary for SDRS to collect this information at your enrollment, at your retirement, and any time you experience a marital status or beneficiary change. Having your record complete with all the necessary personal information ensures prompt payment of SDRS benefits to you, as well as your spouse or beneficiaries in the event of your death.
To assist in protecting personal information, SDRS assigns each member record a unique identifier, also called an SDRS ID, when the member is enrolled in the system. All SDRS IDs begin with a letter and are followed with a six digit number (for example: R123456). You may use your SDRS ID in place of your Social Security number in your communications with SDRS, whether it be calling or emailing the office, completing forms, or any other contacts with SDRS.
You may obtain your SDRS ID by referring to your annual Personal Benefits Statement or your SDRS Membership ID card or by calling the SDRS office toll-free at 1-888-605-SDRS (7377).