By Bruce E Buchanan

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The USCIS announced the E-Verify system will begin checking North Dakota driver’s licenses and ID cards, effective June 15, 2015. North Dakota is the sixth state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program, which began in June 2011. The other states are Mississippi, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, and Nebraska.

What is RIDE?

RIDE gives employers the ability to validate the authenticity of an employee’s driver’s license, driver’s permit, or state-issued ID card (if presented during the I-9 process). The RIDE program attempts to mitigate this risk by comparing the data from the card with data supplied by states’ motor vehicle agencies.

Helpful Tip
In most states, driver’s licenses and ID cards often look alike so it’s important that the Employer choose the correct document type during the E-Verify submission in order to avoid a Tentative Non-confirmation (TNC). In order to assist HR in choosing the right document, E-Verify has created a fact sheet for each participating state, which provides images and descriptions of the different document types.