Annuity Changes to COE

Defense Finance
and Accounting Service
Providing payment services of the U.S. Department of Defense

Annuity Changes ??? Changes in Certification of Eligibility Requirement

Effective Aug. 1, 2013,  most Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants over the age of 55 are no longer required to complete and submit an annual Certificate of Eligibility to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Annuitants should no longer expect to receive the annual COE once they reach age 55. Their eligibility to receive annuity payments will continue without submitting the COE.

If you have already received a COE form this year, please complete and return it. This change is taking place on a current basis and annuitants that have already received COEs must return them to maintain pay eligibility.
The following annuitants will continue to receive annual COEs and must submit their completed forms to DFAS to continue annuity payment eligibility:
  • Annuitants under 55 years of age
  • Annuitants who are receiving hard copy checks in a foreign country (regardless of age)
  • Annuitants who have a permanent disability (regardless of age)
If you are in any of these categories, send your annual COE to:
U. S. Military Annuitant Pay
P.O. Box 7131
London, KY 40742-7131
Fax:  800-982-8459
We will send you an annual reminder when your COE is due.  Please be sure to notify DFAS if you move, so that we can continue to send you important notices and reminders.
Updated September 18, 2013