Individuals living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, or Virginia will be able to use E-Verify’s Self Check program "Self Check" to verify their employment eligibility in the U.S. In the past, only employers registered to use E-Verify could use the program to check work authorization of a person who has been hired by the company. "Self Check" was developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to Congress' request to create a way by which U.S. workers can independently confirm their work authorization in the E-Verify program. "Self Check" is designed to be used by the individual whose record is being verified; one cannot use "Self Check" to verify another person's work authorization.

"Self Check" works by using verifiable personal identification through both government and non-government entities. An individual will be asked to provide personal identifying information when going through "Self Check", such as names, date of birth, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, etc. An individual is supposed to be able to proceed only if he/she can provide the correct answers to some questions confirming identity. An individual may find that his/her information does not match his/her record in the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the DHS systems. The individual will be prompted to contact the SSA or DHS, and "Self Check" will not confirm work authorization. DHS emphasizes that "Self Check" does not retain an individual's information after the check has been completed.

Employers should note the following about "Self Check":

  • An employer cannot require existing or new employees to use "Self Check" to verify their employment authorization. In other words, it cannot be used as an audit tool.
  • Similarly, an employer cannot make an offer of employment contingent upon a candidate's successfully passing the “Self Check” program or presenting a work authorization confirmation sheet from the system. "Self Check" should not be mentioned during the interview process. However, employers can mention that it uses E-Verify for new employees.
  • An employer must still properly complete the "I-9" form to verify a new employee's work authorization. The "Work Authorization Confirmed" notice from "Self Check" cannot be used as proof of work authorization in the U.S.
  • Employers currently registered to use "E-Verify" must still go through the process for the employee, even though the employee might have confirmed work eligibility through "Self Check".
  • Improvements are being made by DHS in "Self Check" to warn or even capture employers who abuse the program.

DHS has provided a PowerPoint presentation on their website on "Self Check", and it can be viewed at: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Outreach/Public%20Engagement/National%20Engagement%20Pages/2011%20Events/March%202011/Presentation%20(Everify).pdf .