The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on August 8, 2008, that the new U.S. Passport Card may be used in the employment eligibility verification or “I-9” process.

The Passport Card, now in full production, provides a less expensive and more portable alternative to the traditional passport book. The Passport Card is a wallet-sized card that can only be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. While the Passport Card cannot be used for international air travel, it is a valid passport that attests to the bearer’s identity and U.S. citizenship. Thus, the Passport Card may be used for the Form I-9 process or accepted by employers participating in the E-Verification Program.

The Passport Card is considered a “List A” document that may be presented by a newly hired employee during the eligibility verification process, because it proves both the employee’s identity and work authorization.