When it comes to reviewing Section 2 of Form I-9, I see many mistakes when Employers accept and put down the incorrect social security card as a List C document.
Per USCIS guidelines, a Social Security that is UNRESTRICTED (see image below) is an acceptable List C document. You CAN accept them if they are laminated as well.
A RESTRICTED Social Security card (as pictured below) is not an acceptable List C document. Restricted Social Security cards are stamped with one of the following restrictions:
- “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION”
- “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH INS AUTHORIZATION”
- “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT”
If you want to learn more about what to do if you are presented with a restricted social security card, review the video below.