Transfer vs. Rollover
With a transfer, the money in your account never comes directly to you. It is sent from your TSP account to your IRA or plan administrator. With a rollover, the TSP funds are sent to you and you can then send the money to your IRA or plan administrator as long as you do so according to the IRS rules.

To request a withdrawal, log into My Account and click on the “Withdrawals and Changes to Installment Payments” link on the menu. From there you’ll have access to an online tool with which to start your withdrawal.

Depending on your circumstances and the type of withdrawal you request, you may be able to complete your transaction entirely online. If your signature or your spouse’s signature is required, you’re purchasing an annuity, or you’re transferring any part of your withdrawal, you won’t be able to complete the process entirely online. You’ll be given a summary of your request, which you—and your spouse or financial institution if necessary—will need to sign, have notarized, and then mail or fax to us.

Your withdrawal request cannot be processed unless your agency or service has notified the TSP that you have separated from service and has provided the date of your separation. It usually takes up to 30 days after the actual date of separation for this information to be submitted to the TSP.

Receiving Your Withdrawal

You should allow up to 10 days from the time you submit your completed withdrawal request until the time payment is sent. We will notify you when your payment has been disbursed. You can check My Account or call the ThriftLine to find out the status of your request. Your withdrawal will take longer if you submit forms that are not completed properly.

Be advised that while your withdrawal request is being processed, the money you have invested in any of the TSP's stock or bond funds is subject to fluctuation due to changes in market prices and interest rates. If you want to completely eliminate your exposure to risk of loss while we process your request, you can request an interfund transfer to invest your account in the Government Securities Investment (G) Fund.

Changing your contributions? Save at least 5% to get your full match.

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Let our online wizard help you with your beneficiary designation. Based on your answers to a series of questions, it will prefill the appropriate sections of your form and help you avoid mistakes that could cause your form to be delayed or rejected.

Are you separated from federal employment?

If you are separated from federal employment, you may change your address online at My Account: Profile Settings. You will need to enter your TSP account number and your web password to make this change. You may also call the ThriftLine to change your address. Active participants must notify your agency or service when you have an address change.

You cannot use this form to change your address. As a current federal employee or service member, you must change your address through your agency or service.

Are you separated from federal employment?

To change your name, you will need to provide documentation to the TSP. See the instructions on the form for documentation requirements.

You cannot use this form to change your name. As a current federal employee or service member, you must change your name through your agency or service.

Thinking of taking a loan? Please watch this first.

  • Log in to My Account and access the online wizard under "TSP Loans" to help you with your loan request.

Automatic Enrollment Refund Request

You must submit this form within 90 days of the date of the first contribution of your automatic enrollment. Has it been less than 90 days since your first contribution?

You are ineligible to receive an automatic enrollment refund. Please call the ThriftLine if you have any questions.

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Let our online wizard help you complete your court order. Based on your answers to a series of questions, it will prefill the appropriate sections of your form and help you avoid mistakes that could cause your form to be delayed or rejected.

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