How to Make Corrections on an I9 Form

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Form I-9, or Employment Eligibility Verification Form, is used by employers to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States. All employers must complete a Form I-9 immediately upon hiring an employee. A new employee must furnish evidence of identity to the employer. Examples of acceptable identification are a passport, valid drivers license or state-issued ID, Social Security card, Military ID and a voter's registration card. The employer is required to retain the form for three years after the date of hire. If the employee is terminated, the employer must retain Form I-9 for one year after termination. Employers may correct mistakes on Form I-9, but multiple corrections require a new form.

Cross out the mistake with a single line. This must be done using blue or black ink.

Initial and date above the error.

Enter the correct information next to the error.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use white out to correct mistakes on Form I-9.
  • Multiple errors require the employer to complete another Form I-9.

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