A variety of documents are acceptable for I-9 purposes. The employee must supply either:
- One document that establishes both identity and employment eligibility (on List A on the I-9) OR
- One document that establishes identity (on List B), together with another document that establishes employment eligibility (on List C)
- All documentation must be unexpired as of April 3, 2009
Documents that may be used under "List A" of the I-9 form to establish both identity and employment eligibility include:
- Unexpired U.S. Passport
- U.S. Passport Card
- An unexpired foreign passport with an I-551 stamp, or with Form I-94 attached which indicates an unexpired employment authorization
- A Permanent Resident Card (often called a "green card") or Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph
- An Unexpired Temporary Resident Card
- An Unexpired Employment Authorization Card
- An Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security that includes a photograph (Form I-766)
Documents that may be used under "List B" of the I-9 to establish identity include:
- Driver's license or I.D. card issued by a U.S. state or outlying possession of the U.S., provided it contains a photograph or identifying information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
- Federal or state I.D. card provided it contains a photograph or identifying information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
- School I.D. with photograph
- U.S. Armed Services identification card or draft record
- Voter Registration Card
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
- Native American tribal document
- Driver's license issued by a Canadian government authority
For individuals under the age of 18 only, the following documents may be used to establish identity:
- School record or report card
- Clinic, doctor or hospital record
- Day-care or nursery school record
Employees who supply an item from List B must also supply an item from List C
Documents that may be used under "List C" of the I-9 to establish employment eligibility include:
- A U.S. Social Security card issued by the Social Security Administration (Note: cards that specify "not valid for employment" are not acceptable.)
- A birth certificate issued by the U.S. State Department (Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350) Original or certified copy of a birth certificate from the U.S. or an outlying possession of the U.S., bearing an official seal
- A Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)
- A Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
- Native American tribal document
- U.S. Citizen I.D. Card (Form I-197)
- An I.D. Card for the use of a Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
- An unexpired employment authorization card issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security (other than those included on List A)
U.S. citizens who have lost their social security card can apply for a duplicate at the Social Security Administration.
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