Federal I-9 Documentation Overview

The federal I-9 form is used to verify employment eligibility. In order to complete such verification, employers will ask for supplementary, supporting documents alongside the completed I-9 form. See below for a list of commonly accepted documents.

  • List A
  • List B
  • List C
  • The following documents can be used to verify both employment authorization and identity. This means that as an employer, one of the following is an acceptable document. Make note that all documents must be unexpired.
    • U.S. passport or U.S. passport card
    • Alien Registration Receipt Card or Permanent Resident Card with photograph, also known as a Green Card (Form I-551)
    • Foreign passport containing a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation
    • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) containing a photograph (Form I-766)
    • For nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer, a foreign passport and Form I-94 (or Form I-94A containing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status so long as the period of endorsement hasn’t expired and the proposed employment does not conflict with restrictions or limitations identified on the form)
    • Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or I-94A
  • If any of the previously listed documents are unavailable, you would need to provide two separate documents, which could include one of the following List B documents in addition to one of the documents in List C.
    • Driver’s license
    • ID card issued by an outlying possession or state of the U.S. that includes a photograph and other information about the candidate’s identity such as name, gender, height, eye color, date of birth and address
    • ID card issued by state, federal or local government agencies that contains a photograph and other information about the candidate’s identity such as name, gender, height, eye color, date of birth and address
    • Voter’s registration card
    • School ID card with a photograph
    • U.S. military card or draft record
    • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
    • Military dependent’s ID card
    • Driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority
    • Native American tribal document
  • If a candidate is not able to provide one of the documents in List A, one of the following documents must to be presented with a document from List B:
    • U.S. social security card issued by the Social Security Administration that is unrestricted and does not have any of the following phrases indicating restriction on it:
      • NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT
      • VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION
      • VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (Form FS-240)
    • Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (FORM FS-545)
    • Certification of Report of Birth issued by the Department of State (Form DS-1350 or FS-545)
    • Original or certified birth certificate issued by a county, state, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States that bears an official seal
    • U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)
    • ID Card for the use of a Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
    • Valid employment authorization document issued by the DHS