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How E-Verify Works

How E-Verify Works: 1. Complete Form I-9: The employee and employer fill out Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification; 2. Process Case: The employer uses E-Verify to confirm Form I-9 information; 3. Receive Results: E-Verify displays an initial case result within a few seconds, though some cases may require additional action.

The employer enters the employee’s information from Form I-9 into E-Verify and submits the information to create a case.

  • E-Verify compares the information to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including:
    • U.S. passport and visa information 
    • Immigration and naturalization records 
    • State -issued driver’s licenses and identity document information 
    • Social Security Administration records. 

E-Verify sometimes displays a photo for the employer to compare to the photo on the employee’s document to ensure the document photo has not been altered. 

If the information matches, the case will receive an Employment Authorized result almost immediately. 

If the information does not match, the case will receive a Tentative Nonconfirmation result.

For details about other E-Verify case results, please see the E-Verify User Manual.



Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/11/2014