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Form I-9 Acceptable Documents

An employee must show documentation to his/her employer to show their identity and authorization to work.

List A Documents

Documents that Establish Both Identity and Employment Authorization

The documents on List A show both identity and employment authorization. Employees presenting a List A document should not be asked to present any other document. Some List A documents are in fact a combination of two or more documents. In these cases, the documents presented together count as one List A document.

U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card

US Passport Cover
US Passport Inside

Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)

These cards may or may not contain a signature. A signature is not required for the card to be valid for Form I-9 purposes.

Permanent Resident Card with signature:

Permanent Resident Card with signature Front
Permanent Resident Card with signature Back

Permanent Resident Card with notation, "Signature Waived":

Permanent Resident Card with notation,
Permanent Resident Card with snotation,

Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV)

Note that this document is subject to reverification

Foreign Passport MRIV inside
Foreign Passport MRIV front

Employment Authorization Document (Card) that contains a photograph (Form I-766)

Form I-766 Front
Form I-766 Back

Foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A with Arrival/Departure Report, and containing an endorsement to work

Foreign passport must have a Arrival/Departure Report bearing the same name as the passport and contain an endorsement of the alien's nonimmigrant status that authorizes such alien to work for a specific employer incident to this status.

This document may only be used if the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment does not conflict with any restrictions or limitations listed on Form I-94 or I-94A, Arrival/Departure Report . Note: Some individuals who present this List A document, such as certain nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, must also present additional documentation in order to prove their work authorization in the United States.

In April 2013, Form I-94 was automated at airports and seaports. CBP no longer automatically provides travelers with a paper copy of Form I-94. Travelers may access Form I-94 information through the CBP website or may request a paper Form I-94 during the inspection process

Foreign Passport Front
I-94A
I-94

Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or Form I-94A

Passport must come with Form I-94 or Form I-94A showing nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI.

FSM Passport

Foreign passport containing a I-551 stamp or I-551 printed notation

Passport must contain a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV).

Handbook for Employers

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Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form)

Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/03/2016