The I-9 form is used to verify identity and employment eligibility for individuals hired for employment. All employers in the United States are required to ensure individuals, including citizens and noncitizens, who are hired for employment have completed the I-9 form. Employers must also complete the form, and attest to employment authorization.

I-9 Form Documents

The I-9 form requires the employer to examine the employment eligibility and identity documents. The employer must determine whether the specified documents reasonably appear to be genuine. After completing the I-9, the employer is required to keep the form for a designated period of time and make it available for government officers.

The I-9 form requires employees to present certain acceptable documents. Some documents (List A) verify both identity and employment authorization. Others may require a combination of documents, one that establishes identity (List B) and one to establish employment authorization (List C).

List A

To establish identity and employment authorization

List B

To establish Identity

List C

To establish employment authorization

US Passport or US Passport Card

US Driver's License or ID Card

Social Security Number Card (must say US Employment authorized)

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

ID Card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies

Certification of Birth Abroad issued by Dept of State (Form FS-545)

Foreign Passport with temp I-551 stamp or temp I-551 printed notation

School ID with photo

Certification of Report of Birth issued by Dept of State (Form DS-1350)

Employment Authorization Document containing photograph (Form I-766)

Voter's Registration Card

Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate (US)

Passport from FSM or RMI with Form I-94 or Form I-94A

US Military Card or draft record

Native American tribal document

In case of nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a Foreign Passport with I-94 or I-94A and current and applicable endorsement of status

Military dependent's ID Card

US Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)

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 US and the FSM or RMI

US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card

Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the US (Form I-179)


Native American tribal document


Canadian Driver's License                 


I-9 Form Violation Penalties

Employers who violate the law regarding I-9 verification may be subject to a civil fine. Fines for multiple violations involving unlawful employment can exceed $20,000.00 If there is a pattern or practice of I-9 violations, the employer may face criminal penalties.

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