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COVID-19 Updates: I-9 Compliance & Driving Records

*Update to our March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Statement

For the next 60 days, or through 3 business days after the termination of the National Emergency, whichever comes first, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is exercising discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) for employers and workplaces operating remotely only. Employers will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence.  Employers must, however, do the following to comply:

  • Inspect the Section 2 documents remotely (i.e. email or video call)
  • Obtain, inspect, and retain copies of the documents within three business days after normal operations resume
  • Enter “COVID-19” as the reason for the physical inspection delay in the Section 2 Additional Information Field
  • Add “documents physically examined” after physically inspected, with the date of inspection to the Section 2 Additional Information Field (or to section 3, as appropriate)
  • Provide written documentation of their remote onboarding and telework policy for each employee

DHS will evaluate circumstances where employees are subject to COVID-19 quarantine or lockdown protocols on a case-by-case basis.

Any employers who were served NOIs by DHS during the month of March 2020 (and have not already responded) will be granted an automatic extension for 60 days from the effective date of March 19, 2020. At the end of the 60-day extension period, DHS will determine if an additional extension will be granted.

Click here for more information.


Driving Records: We are not experiencing any delays or disruptions in accessing driving records, despite DMV closures around the country.  We will provide continued updates if any delays begin.

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