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Rollover Checklist: Three Steps to Roll Over Your 401(k)

We can help you every step of the way as you move your money from an old 401(k) or other workplace savings plan to a Fidelity IRA.

A rollover specialist can answer your questions, help you initiate the distribution, and see you through the rest of the process. Use this checklist or call 800-343-3548 to get started.

If you have additional questions about rolling over, watch this video before you start the process.

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Note: If you are transferring an IRA from another financial institution, please use the IRA checklist.

First, you’ll need to choose the appropriate IRA to open. Or, if you’ve already opened an appropriate Fidelity IRA, you can skip to Step 2. IRA rollover options include:

  • Fidelity Rollover IRA – Eligible distributions from a 401(k) can be rolled over directly without incurring any tax penalties and assets remain invested tax-deferred.

    Open a Fidelity Rollover IRA

  • Fidelity Roth IRA – Eligible distributions from a 401(k) can be rolled over directly; however, taxes will be incurred. You can also roll a Designated Roth Account, also known as a Roth 401(k), into a Roth IRA. To learn more, call a rollover specialist at 800-343-3548.

    Open a Fidelity Roth IRA

  • Fidelity Traditional IRA – You may also roll your 401(k) assets into an existing Fidelity Traditional IRA; however, note that you may not be able to convert pre-tax 401(k) funds back into an employer-sponsored retirement plan. To learn more, call a rollover specialist at 800-343-3548.

Request a direct rollover from your old 401(k) plan. A rollover specialist can help you contact your former employer's plan administrator, or if you prefer to contact them on your own, try our online processLog In Required.

  • Complete any forms required by the plan administrator.
  • Instruct them to make the check payable to: Fidelity Management Trust Company (or FMTC), FBO: [your name]. Be sure your IRA account number is included on the check.

Mailing addresses

Regular Mail:
Fidelity Investments
ATTN: Direct Rollovers
PO Box 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0037

Overnight Mail:
Fidelity Investments
ATTN: Direct Rollovers
100 Crosby Parkway KC1H
Covington, KY 41015-0037
  • Deposit the check with Fidelity in one of the following ways:
    • By regular or overnight mail
      Use one of the mailing addresses shown here.
    • By mobile check deposit
      Use your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ to scan and deposit checks. Go to Fidelity Mobile®
    • Bring to a Fidelity Investor Center
      Find an Investor Center
  • You can also have your former employer wire your funds to Fidelity. View information needed to wire to Fidelity
  • Fidelity will notify you by email and by U.S. mail when your funds have arrived.

We can help you create a retirement plan, invest your assets, and stay on track. Knowing that different investors like different levels of support, there are several ways to invest with Fidelity.

Invest on your own: Take advantage of our investment research, and use our calculators and tools to help you build your portfolio and create a retirement plan.

Have us help you: Call one of our investment professionals at 800-343-3548 to receive a complimentary, one-on-one portfolio review.*

Let us do it for you: When you invest in one of our Managed Accounts, our investment professionals do the work for you by actively managing your money

Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and you may gain or lose money.
Be sure to consider all your available options and the applicable fees and features of each before moving your retirement assets.
* Guidance provided is educational.
† The customer story provided may have been edited for clarity, may not be representative of the experiences of all customers, and does not guarantee future results. The information provided is general in nature, is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as investment advice. The products and services described are provided solely on behalf of Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC.

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