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E-Verify Begins Checking Driver’s License and ID Cards from the State of Florida

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the E-Verify system now checks driver’s license and ID cards from the state of Florida when presented by a new hire as a List B document for the Form I-9. Florida is the second state (behind Mississippi) to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program, which was officially launched last year. The E-Verify RIDE initiative automates motor vehicle document verification between participating Motor Vehicle Agencies (MVA) and the E-Verify employer. The process itself is fairly straight-forward: if the employee presents a driver’s license, driver’s permit, or state-issued ID card during the I-9 process, the employer is prompted to enter the document number and expiration into the E-Verify system which will automatically check against MVA records. The system will then check to see if the data itself is valid and issue a tentative non-confirmation (TNC) if it does not match DMV records. The USCIS has been looking to partner with even more states to broaden RIDE’s footprint, but they’ve faced various obstacles, including concerns over privacy of the shared data and technical resources.

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