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Employers ORBIT Information​

orbit_yellow_rr_200.pngThis section provides North Carolina government employers with information about ORBIT. 

What is ORBIT?
Established in October 2007, ORBIT is a system that grants employers, employees and retirees online access to retirement accounts and transactions. Each employer is responsible for:
  • Enrolling all new eligible members into the Retirement System by introducing Employee Self Service to all new members. Please refer to the Member ID File for guidance on how to download new member IDs.
  • Submitting the required Employee and Employer contributions via the monthly Contribution Summary Instructions (CSI) by 4:30 p.m. on the 4th business day of the month along with the monthly ORBIT payroll report.  Please refer to the Schedule for Submitting Contribution Summary Instructions to avoid a late fee.
  • Certifying employee termination information on the monthly ORBIT payroll report and, under specific circumstances, on the Form 5.
  • Reporting retirees who return to work as State Retirees Subject to Restrictions (STRS) or Local Retirees Subject to Restrictions (LOCRS) on the monthly ORBIT payroll report.  Please refer to the ORBIT Employer Reporting Invoices and Penalties document to see how to avoid a penalty fee.
ORBIT Employer File Format
Please refer to the Employer Contribution Record Layout - File Specifications​ used by employers. This document states the system specifications needed to properly prepare the monthly report and CSI. This format enables ORBIT to provide an accurate and comprehensive view of your employees' retirement accounts.
ORBIT Member ID File Format
Through the Employer Self Service website, employers are able to download a file of their employees' Member IDs. The Member ID File allows employers to obtain the ORBIT Member IDs and report them on subsequent employer reports.
ORBIT Employer Reporting Reference Materials
Please contact the ORBIT Employer Reporting Team at or 1-877-NCSECURE (1-877-627-3287).