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How it Works

There are 4 steps to using Self Check.

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 In the first 2, you’ll establish your identity to help protect your privacy and ensure that only you can check your government employment eligibility records.

In steps 3 and 4, Self Check will compare your information against U.S. government databases to determine your employment eligibility.

Step 1 - Enter ID Data

Self Check will prompt you to enter basic identifying information like your name, address and date of birth (DOB). Your Social Security number (SSN) is optional at this point but will be required in Step 3 if you don’t provide it here.

Step 2 - Take a Quiz

After you enter your information, Self Check sends your information to a third-party identity assurance service. This service generates a series of quiz questions based on your personal information that only you would be able to answer. This process is very similar to what a bank or credit agency does to confirm someone’s identity online. The government will have no knowledge of which questions you see or how you answered those questions. The quiz only takes about a minute to complete, but it is timed. So before you begin, please be sure you have time to complete it without distraction.

Step 3 - Enter Document Data

Once you have successfully established your identity, you will be able to confirm your work eligibility. The name and DOB you provided in Step 1 will be pre-populated and cannot be changed. You will need to provide additional information at this point including SSN (if not provided in Step 1), citizenship and details about any immigration documentation that proves your work authorization (such as a green card or an employment authorization card).

Step 4 - Get Results

After you submit your information, Self Check compares your information against government records to determine your work eligibility. You will almost instantly get a response indicating either that you are eligible to work in the United States (and would likely get an employment authorized response in E-Verify if your employer was using it), or that there may be a mismatch between the data you entered and the government records checked. If there is a potential mismatch, you can get information that tells you how to correct your records if you wish to do so.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/08/2014