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Self Check Background

Self Check is a service of E-Verify. It is a free, Internet-based application that can be used by anyone in the U.S. over the age of 16 to confirm his or her employment eligibility. The service is available nationwide. After you enter a small amount of information, the Self Check service will check that information against various government databases to determine your work eligibility in the United States.

Self Check is part of E-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration.  E-Verify is used by many employers to verify the employment eligibility of their new employees. Please click on the link to the right for more information about E-Verify.


Self Check was developed in response to a request by Congress to create a service through which U.S. workers could check their own employment eligibility status. It is the first service offered directly to the U.S. workforce by the E-Verify Program.

Benefits of Self Check

Self Check brings benefits to both U.S. workers and businesses.

Self Check gives U.S. workers access to their employment eligibility status and takes the mystery out of the employment eligibility confirmation process. Self Check provides transparent insight into employment eligibility records. If a problem exists with your employment eligibility records, Self Check tells you how to resolve that issue prior to taking a job.

Self Check helps businesses by providing U.S. workers with the opportunity to ensure employment authorization records are accurate before getting a job. It improves employee understanding of the employment eligibility process.

Association to E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that enables an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States.

As a service of E-Verify, Self Check enables U.S. workers to use the same information that employers enter into E-Verify and check it against the same databases that E-Verify checks. It allows U.S. workers to confirm their own eligibility to work in the United States and deal with any data mismatches found before being hired and checked by an E-Verify participating employer.

To learn more about E-Verify, please visit

Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/18/2013