What Type of ID Do I Need to Get a Job?
If you are hired for a job, your employer needs proof of:
- Who you are
- That you can work legally in the United States
Your employer must fill out an immigration form called an “I-9” to list what kinds of proof the employer reviewed. To see a copy of the form and the instructions, click here. This form lists the documents the employer needs to see.
You may be able to get a job without a state ID if you have certain other papers. This can be helpful if you can’t get a state ID because you don’t have proof of where you live. To see a booklet with pictures of many of these documents, click here.
Papers that prove who you are AND that you can work
- U.S. Passport
- Green Card or Form I-551
- Foreign passport or visa that contains temporary I-551 stamp
- Employment Authorization Document with photograph (form I-766)
Papers that prove who you are:
- Drivers license or state ID card
- Government or school ID with name and other identifying information
- Military ID card or records
- Voter registration card
- Native American Tribal Papers
- Canadian drivers license
Persons under 18 may also use:
- School record or report card.
- Clinic, doctor, or hospital record
- Day care or nursery record
Papers that prove that you are allowed to work:
- Social Security Card
- Official or certified birth certificate
- Certificate of Birth Abroad
- Native American tribal document
- U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197)
- Employment authorization form issued by Dept of Homeland Security