Surviving Spouse Information

Pertinent Information for Surviving Spouses

When a Retiree passes away, his or her spouse is entitled to 80% of their benefit. The members benefit ends and is transferred to the spouse In this process, a packet is sent from the State Retirement Agency to the Retirement Coordinator for the spouse to complete. It includes:

  • Beneficiary Claim form.
  • Direct Deposit (the spouse has to have the bank complete section II) to change the account over to the spouse even if it is the same account.
  • Federal and State Withholding forms.
  • Health Benefits application (this again changes the benefit to the spouse).

These forms must be completed and returned to the State Retirement Agency along with a Certified copy of the Death Certificate, a copy of the spouse’s Social Security card and proof of Birth (Drivers License/Birth Certificate) and a copy of the Marriage Certificate.

Any further questions please call the coordinator at the number below.

Florence Johnson, Retirement Coordinator
Maryland State Police 1201 Reisterstown Road Pikesville, MD 21208
Contact numbers: Work: 410-653-4342 Fax: 410-653-4341