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What's Needed to Work in the U. S.

Information that is generally required by an employer
Once you have accepted the job offer an employer will require the following:

Social Security card
  • An employer will generally require two forms of identification
    • Social Security card
    • Drivers License
    • Birth Certificate
    • Passport
    • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card
    • Employment Authorization Document that contains a photograph
    • School ID card with a photograph
    • Voter’s registration card
    • U.S. Military card
    • Native American tribal document.
  • If you are under 18, the following may be accepted for identification:
    • School record or report card
    • Clinic, doctor or hospital record.

All documents must be unexpired. There may be other accepted documents, please see your employer.

Additionally, an employer may

  • require you to submit to a drug test and
  • may do a background check which could include
    • Criminal Record Search
    • Sexual Offender Database search
    • Motor Vehicle Report
    • Credit Check
    • Social Security Trace Search.

In addition to the above, some jobs require you to have specific Certifications / Cards. Click here to view the various types available.