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Mark Atwood
Document Security Technology, meet photocopier and fax
A fax of a photocopy of a driver's license apparently suffices for an I-9 Employment Verification Form. So much for all the expensive holographic embossing and special paper and other such anti-counterfeiting anti-tampering document security technology.

I don't know to put my face in my hands and cry, or to point and laugh.

I used to rhetorically wonder if government bureaucratic types were as stupid as they seemed, but not so much anymore...

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intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: October 18th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that new? I used to think that it was up to the employer. Who has to verify that they had proof of your legal right to work in the US.
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: October 19th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
In theory it is acceptable because they've verified in some other manner that you're valid to work.

In practice however, yeah.. oy.

Although I do prefer the easier end of things to the folks that insist they simply must have my social security card. Read the dang form. With a passport, I don't even need to provide my drivers license to the peons in question.
They generally give up as I can't find my SS card. So they can't have it. I know it's around here somewhere. I saw it in the last move. But find it on command, hah!
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: October 19th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh, the I-9 form is very clear both as to what documents are permitted, and "US Passport" is right there in column A as being one of the single document qualifiers.

The form also says in dark print "ANTI-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE: It is illegal to discriminate against work eligible individuals. Employers
CANNOT specify which document(s) they will accept from an employee.
The refusal to hire an individual because of a future expiration date may also constitute illegal discrimination."

dossy From: dossy Date: October 19th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the I-9 requirement is that a copy (whether it be facsimile, photocopy, whatever) is adequate for record-keeping purposes but an officer of the company has to view first-hand the actual ID materials (Social Security card, drivers license, etc.) as a required step.

Of course, I'm sure plenty of companies "bend the rules" and simply accept a copy--especially with 100% remote employees ... but I'm pretty sure the I-9 requirement doesn't "allow" this.
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