History and Milestones

Chronological summary of the milestones of the E-Verify Program

Since 1996, E-Verify has been helping enrolled employers confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce. Businesses across the United States use E-Verify. Explore the timeline below to see E-Verify’s milestones.




E-Verify 25th Anniversary
Jan. 1, 2021

September 2021 marked E-Verify’s 25th anniversary! On Sept. 30, 1996, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) was signed into law, creating three employment eligibility verification pilot programs, including the “Basic Pilot.” A year later, the Basic Pilot was rolled out in six states, and in 2007, the Basic Pilot was renamed “E-Verify”.

25 years and over one million enrolled employers later, E-Verify is the best way for employers to electronically confirm their new employees are eligible to work in the United States.

E-Verify Mandatory States
Jan. 1, 2021

As of January 1, 2021 E-Verify became mandatory in Florida. To date the following states require E-Verify for some or all employers: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.


E-Verify and Form I-9 Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jun. 26, 2020

Employers and workplaces that are operating remotely may follow the DHS news release that announced flexibility in requirements related to Form I-9.

New Form I-9 Released
Jan. 31, 2020

On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that the Office of Management and Budget approved on Oct. 21, 2019. As of May 1, only the 10/21/2019 edition can be used. A revised Spanish edition of Form I-9 with an edition date of 10/21/2019 is available for use in Puerto Rico only.


E-Verify joined LinkedIn
Jul. 16, 2019

E-Verify joined LinkedIn! Follow us at E-Verify Program for the latest information, resources, and updates E-Verify Listens was discontinued on July 17, 2019.

myE-Verify Goes Nationwide
Jan. 29, 2019

myE-Verify accounts and Self Lock are now available nationwide. myE-Verify is the website that gives U.S. workers and job-seekers resources and tools to learn about and participate in the E-Verify process.


E-Verify Expands Access to Driver’s License Data
Oct. 1, 2018

In October 2018, E-Verify connected to a new data source to begin validating employee’s driver’s license data for 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for users accessing E-Verify.

E-Verify Modernization
Apr. 18, 2018

On April 23, USCIS announced the E-Verify program modernized its system to improve users’ experience, reduce errors, and increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process. Improvements include:

  • Enhanced usability features to help users enter correct information and make E-Verify more user friendly;
  • Streamlined case creation and management to increase results speed and accuracy;
  • Improved overall data integrity and system compliance; and
  • Transferred case data to a new modernized database.
New E-Verify.gov Website
Apr. 10, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of our new website, E-Verify.gov. This is the authoritative source for information on electronic employment eligibility verification. E-Verify.gov is for employers, employees and the general public and is available in English and Spanish.


Arizona, Maryland and Wyoming Join RIDE Program
Jul. 31, 2017

Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming joined the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program. RIDE helps to reduce document and employment eligibility verification fraud in E-Verify. These states join Wisconsin, North Dakota, Mississippi, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, and Nebraska in this initiative.

E-Verify Participation Poster Redesigned
Aug. 28, 2017

E-Verify released a redesigned participation poster. The new poster informs current and prospective employees of their legal rights, responsibilities, and protections in the employment eligibility verification process.

The poster is now available in English and Spanish as one poster. As stated in the E-Verify User Manual, employers must replace their participation posters when updates are provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Employers are still required to display the Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Right to Work posters in English and Spanish. To learn more, see the E-Verify Participation Posters webpage.

New Automated Client Enrollment Feature for E-Verify Employer Agents Launched
Dec. 22, 2017

E-Verify added the ability for clients of E-Verify employer agents to sign their memorandum of understanding (MOU) electronically. This new feature eliminates the need to sign MOUs by hand, which reduces the:

  • Time it takes for clients to become “active” in E-Verify; and
  • Number of enrollments the E-Verify system rejects.

To learn more about the process E-Verify employer agents must follow when using E-Verify on behalf of their clients, see the updated Supplemental Guide for E-Verify Employer Agents.


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Responsive Web Design Launched
Feb. 29, 2016

We redesigned the look and feel of E-Verify so that the website functioned better on mobile devices and automatically adjusted to any screen size. The case creation screens in the new E-Verify design matched the order of fields on Form I-9, which made for a consistent experience. Also, users could access the full E-Verify website at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of each page.

New E-Verify Self-Service Feature Launched
Aug. 21, 2016

E-Verify launched a new self-service feature that allows users to unlock their own user ID by answering the same security questions used to create their account. Users were encouraged to contact their program or corporate administrator, or 800-741-5023, for assistance.

Form I-9 Revised
Nov. 14, 2016

E-Verify published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Among the changes in the revised version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and the form is simpler for certain foreign nationals to complete.

Other changes include:

  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly;
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators on a supplemental page; and
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.

For more information, visit I-9 Central.


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E-Verify’s 500,000th Employer
January 3, 2014

More than 500,000 employers were enrolled in E-Verify. FRONTLINE Selling, LLC, of Alpharetta, Georgia, was the 500,000th employer to enroll in E-Verify. Frontline helps clients in the sales industry gain appointments with business prospects.

Woman browsing myE-Verify® public website
October 6, 2014

USCIS launched myE-Verify, a suite of online services for employees who want to check their own work authorization through Self Check. This new feature manages other tasks related to E-Verify in five states: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


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Fraud Alert
November 18, 2013

Verification deployed a process to lock Social Security numbers (SSNs) suspected of fraudulent use in E-Verify. This enhancement helps combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of SSNs for employment eligibility verification. There is no change to the E-Verify process for employers as a result of this enhancement.


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E-Verify Listens
July, 2012

E-Verify Listens, launched, in July 2012, is an online community where stakeholders can share, vote for and comment on ideas related to improving the employment eligibility verification process.


Woman browsing Self Check™ public website on desktop
E-Verify Self Check

E-Verify Self-Check (“Self Check”), a voluntary, fast, free and simple service that allows individuals to check their employment eligibility in the United States, launched and expanded to residents of 21 states.

Self Check in Spanish

E-Verify Self-Check (“Self Check”), a voluntary, fast, free and simple service that allows individuals to check their employment eligibility in the United States, launched and expanded to residents of 21 states.

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USCIS Launches I-9 Central
May, 2011

USCIS launched I-9 Central, a site dedicated to making guidance for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, more accessible and user-friendly. I-9 Central provides one online location to keep employers and workers up to date with the information needed to properly complete Form I-9.

Banner Showing screen capture of sample Mississippi Driver's License with "Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE)" as title caption
RIDE Program Launched

E-Verify launched the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program. Developed in conjunction with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, RIDE enabled states to validate the authenticity of driver’s licenses presented as Form I-9 (PDF, 535 KB) identity documents. Mississippi was the first state to make its driver’s license data available to E-Verify. The first states to sign up are as follows:

  • Mississippi, 2011
  • Florida joins RIDE, 2012
  • Idaho and Iowa join RIDE, 2013
  • Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin join RIDE, 2015



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ICE Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signed

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) signed a MOA for the sharing of information between the two agencies. This agreement formalized the coordination and management of referrals between USCIS Verification Division and ICE regarding the misuse, abuse or fraudulent use of E-Verify.


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Basic Pilot Program Renamed E-Verify

The Basic Pilot Program was renamed E-Verify. Along with the new name, the program added more features including an automatic flagging system that prompts employers to double-check the data entered into the web interface for those cases that are about to result in a mismatch. This change reduced data entry errors and initial mismatches by approximately 30 percent.

The launch of E-Verify also marked the addition of photo matching. Photo matching is the first step in incorporating biometric data into the web interface. Photo matching was developed for employees presenting a Permanent Resident Card or Employment Authorization Document, and allows the employer to match the photo on an employee's document with the photo in USCIS records.

State workforce agencies were encouraged to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of any worker referred to an employer in response to an H-2A job order.

Photo Matching Tool Launched

E-Verify's photo matching is an important part of the employment eligibility verification process. It requires the employer to verify that the photo displayed in E-Verify is identical to the photo on the document that the employee presented for section 2 of Form I-9.


Basic Pilot Program Access Expands to the Internet

The Basic Pilot Program implemented a new Web-based access method to confirm employment eligibility. The new Web-based access method allowed users to access Basic Pilot through any Internet-capable computer. Other features of the Internet version include online enrollment, reporting capability for users, and availability of the web interface 23 hours a day.


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Basic Pilot Program Integrates SSA Verification

Employers were able to complete both the SSA and INS portion of the verification case by entering I-9 data into a computer program which transmitted the data to INS and SSA via modem.


Woman browsing laptop with caption "Basic Pilot Program" and images of the original participating states in the program: California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Texas
Basic Pilot Program Launched

The INS, in conjunction with the Social Security Administration (SSA), implemented the Basic Pilot Program in California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Texas. The Basic Pilot Program was voluntary and allowed employers to confirm the work eligibility of their newly hired employees. The Basic Pilot Program used information from the employee's Form I-9 and compared it to the information in INS and SSA records. To verify information with SSA, employers were required to call SSA. Once the SSA information was confirmed by phone, the employer entered I-9 data into a computer program which transmitted the data to INS via a modem connection.


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Congress passes IIRIRA
September, 1996

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 required the then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)--which became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003--to conduct three distinct pilot programs: Basic Pilot, the Citizen Attestation Pilot, and the Machine-Readable Document Pilot. These pilots were used to determine the best method of verifying an employee's employment verification.


President Ronald Reagan signing Immigration law in 1986; Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library
Reagan signs Immigration Act
November, 1986

President Ronald Reagan signs the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA of 1986 required employers to examine documentation from each newly hired employee to prove his or her identity and eligibility to work in the United States. This act led to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requiring employees to attest to their work eligibility, and employers to certify that the documents presented reasonably appear (on their face) to be genuine and to relate to the individual.

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