I-9 Identity Verification

January 4, 2020   |   by Editor

After an employee completed and submitted their I-9 to their employer, they must present a form of identification that verifies who they are. This form of identity not only must provide their identity but their legal authorization to work in the United States as well.

On the third page of the Form I-9, you can see the list of documents that are accepted by the USCIS. If an employee does not present document(s) that proves both, their I-9 will not be valid.

Documents that Verifies Identity and Work Authorization

  • U.S. Passport or Passport Card
  • Green Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • Foreign Passport that has I-551
  • Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) that has a photograph

Documents that Verifies Work Authorization

  • A Social Security Number card
    • not valid if it’s:
    • Not valid for employment
    • Valid for work only with INS authorization
    • Valid for work only with DHS authorization
  • Native American Tribal Document
  • Form I-197
  • Employment authorization document that is issued by Homeland Security
  • Birth Certificate issued by State county, municipal authority, or territory of the U.S. bearing an official seal

Documents that Verifies Identity

  • Driver’s License
  • State ID Card
  • School ID with a photograph
  • Military Card or Draft Record
  • Native American Tribal Document
  • Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
  • Voter’s Registration Card

All of these documents can be used alongside I-9 to prove your identity, legal authorization to work in the United States, or both. Keep in mind that everyone regardless of their citizenship status must complete an I-9 form. Not doing it so may bring penalties to the employer.

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