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I-9 Tip of the Week: Laminated Social Security Cards
Written by Emily Haverkamp   
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Emily Haverkamp
Question:
Some employees are presenting me with Social Security cards that have been laminated. May I accept such cards as evidence of employment authorization?



Answer:


"It depends. You may not accept a laminated Social Security card as evidence of employment authorization if the card states on the back 'not valid if laminated.' Lamination of such cards renders them invalid. Metal or plastic reproductions of Social Security cards are not acceptable." M-274 I-9 Employer Handbook

The bottom line is that what is written on the Social Security card itself control. If the card say that it is invalid if laminated, then it cannot be accepted. If the card does not say anything about lamination, then it can be accepted for I-9 purposes. This is another example of why it is important for I-9 administrators to closely examine the documents presented to them.

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