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Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s employment eligibility process requires employees to present to their employer evidence of identity and employment eligibility within three business days of the date employment begins. An employee who is authorized to work but is unable to present the required document(s) within three business days, must present a receipt for the application of the document(s) within three business days and the actual document(s) within ninety (90) days from the date employment begins.

For guidelines on which documents on Form I-9 are issued to which categories of individuals, see the USCIS Citizenship Status/Document Matrix.

List of Acceptable Documents
All documents must be UNEXPIRED

Employees may present one selection from List A or a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C.

List A
List B
List C

Documents that establish both identity and employment

Documents that establish

Documents that establish
employment authorization

1. U.S.  Passport or U.S. Passport Card

1. Drivers license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address

1. Social Security Account Number card, unless the card includes one of the following restrictions:




2. Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)

3. Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa

2. ID card issued by federal, state or local government agencies or entities, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address

2. Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545)

4. Employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)

3. School ID card with a photograph

3. Certification of Report of Birth issued by the Department of State (Form DS-1350)

4. Voter’s registration card

4. Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal

5. U.S. military card or draft record

5. For a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer because of his or her status:

a. Foreign passport; and

b. Form I-94 or Form I-94A that has the following:

(1) The same name as the passport; and

(2) An endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status as long as that period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.

6. Military dependent’s ID card

7. U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card

5. Native American tribal document

8. Native American tribal document

6. U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)

9. Driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority

For persons under age 18 who are unable to present a document listed above:

7. Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)


6. Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI

10. School record or report card

8. Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security

11. Clinic, doctor, or hospital record

12. Day-care or nursery school record

Anti-Discrimination Notice:  It is illegal to discriminate against work authorized individuals. Employers CANNOT specify which document(s) they will accept from an employee. The refusal to hire an individual because the documentation presented has a future expiration date may also constitute illegal discrimination.