What is E-Verify?

E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. 

E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Effective January 1, 2021, Florida law requires private employers to verify a person's eligibility for employment after the acceptance of an offer of employment. Employee eligibility verification must be completed using either (1) the E-Verify system administered by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or (2) by requiring the person to provide the same documentation required by the USCIS on its Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9).
 
Private employers are required to maintain these records for at least three years after a person's initial date of employment.
 
Section 448.095(3)(e), Florida Statutes, authorizes FDLE to request documentation relied upon by a private employer for the verification of a person's employment eligibility. Private employers are required by law to provide documentation pursuant to such requests. FDLE will notify the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity of any violations for appropriate action.
 
E-Verify, which is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, is currently the best means available to electronically confirm employment eligibility.  E-Verify can be found online at https://www.e-verify.gov/.