On November 10, 2010, the DHS announced that the E-Verify program had been upgraded to include the capability to match U.S. passport photos. According to the DHS, this is an improvement that promises to “further enhance the integrity of the [E-Verify] program by enabling [employers] to automatically check the validity and authenticity of all U.S. passports and passport cards presented for employment verification checks … .”

Since November 10, 2010, employers using E-Verify have been able to verify the identity of new employees who present a U.S. passport by comparing that data with U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) records. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that “[i]ncluding a U.S. passport photo matching in E-Verify will enhance our ability to detect counterfeit documents and combat fraud … .”