Power of attorney

The process for naming a power of attorney to manage benefit decisions
man signing document

BP will accept a power of attorney (POA) or court order (for guardians or conservators) if it satisfies the guidelines applied by the Plan Administrator.

Health and protection requests

Effective January 1, 2009, any third party seeking to act on behalf of a BP participant for health and protection benefits through a power of attorney may submit a power of attorney using the BP model format to the BP HR & Benefits Center. A copy of the POA form and additional information about POA submissions is available by contacting the BP HR & Benefits Center or by referring to the power of attorney notice/form.

POAs that pertain to health and protection benefits should be submitted by:

  • Mail to:
Regular Mail
BP HR & Benefits Center
P.O. Box 64048
The Woodlands, TX 77387-4048
(Note: Please do not send documents via certified mail.)

Overnight Mail
BP HR & Benefits Center
9501 Lakeside Blvd.
The Woodlands, TX 77381
  • Fax: 1-847-883-8280

The BP HR & Benefits Center will not process a transaction if there is reason to believe that the person making the transaction is not the plan participant or the participant's agent under a POA or a court appointed conservator or guardian.

Court orders or guardianships pertaining to health and protection benefits should be submitted by mail to:

POA/Guardianship Requests
P.O. Box 941644
Houston, TX 77094-8644
(Note: Please do not send documents via certified mail.)

Pension and/or savings requests

Effective November 1, 2009, any third party seeking to act on behalf of a BP participant for pension and/or savings benefits through a power of attorney must submit a power of attorney, using the BP model format, to BP Retirement Services at Fidelity. A copy of the POA form and additional information about submissions is available by contacting BP Retirement Services at Fidelity or by referring to the power of attorney notice/form.

POAs or court orders pertaining to pension and/or savings benefits should be submitted to BP Retirement Services at Fidelity at the following address:

  • If sent via overnight delivery:
Fidelity Investments
Attn: BP Retirement Services
100 Crosby Parkway, Mail zone KC1F-D
Covington, KY 41015
  • If sent via U.S. Mail: 
Fidelity Investments
Attn: BP Retirement Services
P.O. Box 770003
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0070

Be sure to clearly reference "BP" in the transmittal letter.

If the third party request for representation does not involve a BP retirement plan administered by BP Retirement Services at Fidelity, Fidelity will forward the document to BP's ERISA Claims and Appeals Analyst for review. Determinations will be based on guidelines adopted by the Plan Administrator.

To protect the security of participants' accounts and information, Social Security numbers and passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs) are required when obtaining benefits or payroll information or making transactions. Each participant is responsible for safeguarding passwords and PINs.

BP Retirement Services at Fidelity will not process a transaction if there is reason to believe that the person making the transaction is not the plan participant or the participant's agent under a POA or a court appointed conservator or guardian.

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