Employers are required to complete an employee’s Form I-9 within three days of their first day of work.
To account for the fact that many individuals cannot currently renew their driver’s licenses or state ID cards due to stay-at-home orders, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy to allow employers to accept expired List B documents when completing the Form I-9.
While some states have extended the expiration of driver’s licenses and state identification cards, which are common List B documents, others have not. The temporary policy addresses both situations.
Procedure for Expired List B Documents That Have Not Been Extended by the Issuing Authority
List B documents that expire on or after March 1, 2020, and have not been extended by the state, may be treated the same as if the employee presented a valid receipt for an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes.
If an employee presents their driver’s license that expired on or after March 1 and it was not extended by the state, employers should:
- Record the documentation information in Section 2 under List B, as applicable; and
- Enter “COVID-19” in the “Additional Information” field.
Once the DHS ends this temporary policy, the employee will be required to provide a valid unexpired document within 90 days.
At that time, employers must include the following in the Section 2 “Additional Information” field:
- Record the number and other required document information from the actual document presented; and
- Initial and date the change.
Procedure for List B Documents That Have Been Extended by the Issuing Authority
If the employee’s List B identity document expired on or after March 1, 2020, and the issuing authority has extended the document expiration date because of COVID-19, the document is acceptable as a List B document for Form I-9 (not as a receipt) during the extension timeframe specified by the issuing authority.
In that case, the employer must:
- Enter the document’s expiration date in Section 2; and
- Enter “COVID-19 EXT” in the “Additional Information” field.
Employers may also attach a copy of a webpage or other notice indicating that the issuing authority has extended the documents. Employers can confirm that their state has auto-extended the expiration date of state IDs and driver’s licenses by checking the state Motor Vehicle Administration or Department of Motor Vehicles website.
The employee is not required to present a valid unexpired List B document later.
Additional details on temporary I-9 policies from the Department of Homeland Security are available here.
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