13.0 Acceptable Documents for Verifying Employment Authorization and Identity

The following documents are acceptable for Form I-9 to establish an employee’s employment authorization and identity. The comprehensive Lists of Acceptable Documents can be found here and on the last page of Form I-9. Samples of many of the acceptable documents appear in Sections 13.1 – 13.3.

To establish both identity and employment authorization, a person must present to their employer a document or combination of documents from List A, which shows both identity and employment authorization; or one document from List B, which shows identity and one document from List C, which shows employment authorization.

If a person is unable to present an acceptable document from the List of Acceptable Documents within three business days of the date work for pay begins, the employer must accept an acceptable “receipt” within that time. The employee must indicate by checking an appropriate box in Section 1 that they are authorized to be employed in the United States. The employee must also present the actual document when the receipt validity period ends.

Receipts showing that a person has applied for an initial grant of employment authorization are not acceptable. Receipts are also not acceptable if employment is for fewer than three business days. For a list of acceptable receipts for Form I-9, see Table 1 in Section 4.0. For examples of acceptable employment authorization documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security (List C #7), please visit uscis.gov/i-9-central.

Note that a USCIS-issued Notice on Form I-797C acknowledging receipt of an EAD renewal application presented in combination with an expired EAD is considered an unexpired EAD under List A in certain limited circumstances. See Section 4.2 Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents in Certain Circumstances for more information. This document combination is a List A document and is NOT considered a “receipt” that may be presented in lieu of an acceptable List document.

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