What Is the Procedure for Driver's License Verification in the United States?


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Driver's license verification in the United States is done through the E-Verify RIDE program managed by the federal government, by state governments according to state-specific processes and by various private programs. Most states only verify the status of the license. Other programs match driver's license identification information across numerous databases.

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What Is the Procedure for Driver's License Verification in the United States?
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When a driver's license is provided as a means of employee identification on an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, the employer must submit the information electronically to E-Verify for matching against records of participating state motor vehicle departments. E-Verify RIDE is part of a two-tiered verification process that includes validation of identification documents and required employment authorization checks. E-Verify is jointly administered by the Social Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A driver's license with address and photo is an accepted and frequently used form of identification in the United States. Verifying the accuracy of the information on a driver's license is necessary for compliance with the Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and the Red Flags Rule. Businesses, local governments, law enforcement, financial institutions and others use private driver's license verification programs to confirm identify and avoid fraudulent orders, purchases and applications, as well as maintaining compliance with federal and state laws.

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