Lists of Acceptable Documents for the Form I-9
Note: All documents must be UNEXPIRED
In preparation for completing the remainder of the Form I-9, please gather the necessary documents to complete your I-9 on or before your first day. For additional guidance, please reference the USCIS Quick Link in the top right of this webpage to assist with selection of the proper documentation. The documents must be original and unexpired.
Employees may present one selection from List A or a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C.
Documents that Establish Both Identity and Employment Authorization
- U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
- Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.
- Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
- For a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer because of his or her status:
- Foreign passport; and
- Form I-94 or Form I-94A that has the following;
- The same name as the passport; and
- An endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status as long as that period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form.
- For certain VISA types the work authorization document must be recorded as a third document. Please refer to column E of the I-9 Document Matrix for more information.
- Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with the Form I-94 or Form I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI
Documents that Establish Identity
- Driver's license or ID card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address
- ID card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address
- School ID card with a photograph
- Voter's registration card
- U.S. Military card or draft record
- Military dependent's ID card
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card
- Native American tribal document
- Driver's license issued by a Canadian government authority
For persons under age 18 who are unable to present a document listed above:
- School record or report card
- Clinic, doctor, or hospital record
- Day-care or nursery school record
Documents that Establish Employment Authorization
- A Social Security Account Number card, unless the card includes one of the following restrictions:
- NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT
- VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION
- VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION
- Certification of Report of Birth issued by the Department of State (Forms DS-1350, FS-545, FS-240)
- Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a State, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal
- Native American tribal document
- U.S. Citizen ID Card (INS Form I-197)
- Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
- Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security
Examples of many of these documents appear in Part 13 of the Handbook for Employers (M-274).
For more information please see the USCIS Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 or visit I-9 Central on the USCIS website.