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Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming Join E-Verify RIDE Program

Posted on August 10 2017 09:52 AM

RIDE Program Helps Verify Workers' Driver's License and ID Card Information

Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming have recently been added to the list of states participating in the Records and Information from Department of Motor Vehicles for E-Verify (RIDE) program.

Information for Employers in RIDE States
With the additions of Arizona, Maryland, and Wyoming, 10 states currently participate in the RIDE program. Click here and scroll down for a list of participating states, including fact sheets with state-specific instructions for RIDE program participation. A general list of RIDE tips is available here.

Background
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. RIDE is an enhancement to the E-Verify program that verifies the validity of driver's license and ID card information by matching the data entered by employers against participating state motor vehicle department records. RIDE enables two-part verification by validating the information on select identity documents in addition to the existing employment authorization check.

Note: While participation in E-Verify is voluntary for most businesses, some companies may be required by state law (or federal regulation) to use E-Verify. Employers should check with their state labor departments for applicable requirements.

To review employment laws specific to your state(s) of interest, visit the State Laws section, click on the appropriate state, and choose your topic of interest from the left-hand navigation menu.