The federal government has established two distinct systems, Form I-9 and E-Verify, to verify the eligibility of newly hired employees. While both serve the purpose of confirming an individual’s work authorization, they differ in their processes and requirements.
Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the key element of E-Verify’s web-based employment eligibility verification. E-Verify electronically compares information the employer enters from Form I-9 to records available to the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. E-Verify protects jobs for authorized workers and helps employers maintain a legal workforce.
Participation in E-Verify is voluntary for most employers, other employers may be required by State law or Federal regulation to use E-Verify.
- States that require all or most employers to use E-Verify are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
- Public employers and/or contractors with the state: Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
- Public employers only in Idaho and Virginia.
For integrated I-9 and E-Verify Compliance with your background checks please contact Legal Locator Service at 866 225-2435 or 503 697-5821. Established in 1996 and based in Oregon. Certified Women-Owned business. Multilingual speaking office.