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E-Verify

E-Verify and Form I-9

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the key element of E-Verify’s Internet-based employment eligibility verification. E-Verify compares information the employer enters from Form I-9 to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This electronic verification confirms an employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. 

Although E-Verify uses information from Form I-9, there are some important differences between Form I-9 and E-Verify requirements.

Comparison of Form I-9 and E-Verify

Form I-9

E-Verify

Is mandatory

Is voluntary for most businesses

Does not require a Social Security number

Requires a Social Security number*

Does not require a photo on identity documents (List B)

Requires a photo on identity documents (List B)

Must be used to reverify expired employment authorization

MAY NOT be used to reverify expired employment authorization

This page provides general overview information about E-Verify.  For instructions and policy guidance, click here to visit the For Employers section of the website, or click here to visit the For Employees section of the website.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/18/2014