Yesterday, the State of Florida officially joined the State of Mississippi as the only participants in the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program, officially launched last June by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). RIDE is a voluntary program that allows employers using the USCIS E-Verify system to verify their new employee’s driver’s license, permit, or state-issued ID with the issuing U.S. jurisdiction. The program is built on existing technology and infrastructure that state public safety departments use in conjunction with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).
For RIDE participating states, the E-Verify system collects driver’s license information of employees who present a state-issued driver’s license as a “List B” document, verifies the data and advises the E‑Verify user of whether the submitted information matches with the MVA data or not. Where the system cannot match the data to DMV records it will issue a tentative nonconfirmation (TNC).
As with any E-Verify TNC, the employer is required to share the result with the employee, who has the option whether or not to contest the TNC. If the employee chooses to contest, the employer prints a referral letter, which provides directions to the employee on how to contest the TNC. This letter instructs the employee that he has eight days to contact E-Verify status verifiers to resolve the discrepancy. In the case of a TNC generated because of a RIDE mismatch, employees are instructed to call a USCIS status verifier and fax a copy of the driver’s license or state id provided to establish identity on Form I-9. The status verifier will then review the faxed copy of the document against the information in the MVA’s database. If the status verifier is unable to match the document, the case is placed in continuance and while MVA is contacted to determine whether it is a true mismatch or an error in the MVA database. Once the status verifier has researched the document, he/she enters a response which triggers an update to the case in E-Verify.
The RIDE program is intended to improve the accuracy and strengthen the integrity of the E-Verify system by enabling itto compare driver’s license data against state records when determining employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. Thus, RIDE enables E-Verify to confirm the authenticity of an additional identity document. Without RIDE, if an employee presented a driver’s license as proof of identity and a social security card as proof of employment authorization, E-Verify is only been able to confirm the validity of the social security card. With RIDE E-Verify employers are able to confirm the validity of both documents.
Photo matching is not currently part of the RIDE program, but may be added in the future. Currently photo matching is available only for Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, Form I-766 Employment Authorization Document and U.S. passports or passport cards.