Recipients must be at least 55 years of age and have worked at least 25 years for the University of Maine in a full-time capacity (continuous service is not required). If an employee is granted long term disability status after 25 years of full time University employment, he or she becomes eligible for the Gold Card at age 55. An employee who is 55 years of age, who began his or her service at the University of Maine, who served a preponderance of his or her career at the University of Maine, whose position was transferred to the University of Maine System, and who between the two institutions served 25 years or more is eligible for the Gold Card. All former faculty and staff members who are granted emeriti status are also eligible. The Gold Card is not transferable; spouses and partners of deceased retirees are not eligible for the Gold Card.