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E-Verify with Driver License Check Better Protects Employers

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015

Authenticating an applicant's ID is particularly important in preventing a new employee from working under a false name, which could lead to problems with theft, reliability on the job, and other risks to an employer's operations. Today, a system known as E-Verify is joined by about 1,400 new participating companies every week to help combat employment fraud.

The E-Verify pre-employment check program is a valuable tool to help employers confirm that job applicants have a legal right to work in the United States. But a major drawback to E-Verify is that, in most cases, the program can't authenticate the photo ID supplied by an applicant. Many experts, including the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service, recommend doing a driver's license check in addition to the E-Verify query. This extra step can detect a fake ID—and fraudulent applicant—early in the process. With ID fraud at an all-time high, this extra measure of protection is critical.

How does an E-Verify check work?

Administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the E-Verify employer check system is used nationwide by more than 600,000 employers. With E-Verify, an employer enters information (such as a Social Security number) from the I-9 Form completed by the applicant. If the Social Security number proves to belong to the same person who provided their photo ID, all is well. Except in a few states, there is no visual comparison or photo database available through E-Verify.

How does the I.D. Checking Guide help?

The I.D. Checking Guide makes it possible to do a visual comparison of an applicant's state-issued photo ID (driver's license or ID card) to that state's valid licenses and ID cards as shown in the Guide. The Guide also describes each card's composition, security features, license numbering system, and other unique details. All of this together can help an employer determine if an applicant's card is stolen or fake.

In today's mobile society, it's more likely than ever for an employer to be presented with an unfamiliar out-of-state photo ID card. To help better train your staff to do a driver license check, it's a good idea to follow these tips on how to spot a fake ID