In order to seek employment as a truck driver in the United States, several government forms must be filled out and filed with the proper authorities. One of these is the I-9, otherwise known as the Employment Eligibility Form. This form must be completed by all new employees, typically every time they are hired for a job. Employees must show they are legally allowed to work in the country, and the I-9 form is part of the process to prove this.
The I-9 form contains several pieces of information that employers can use to verify the eligibility of any potential employee. Prospective employees must provide their name, address, social security number, citizen status, and other relevant details. The form can be downloaded from the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
In addition to completing an I-9 form, employees must present several additional forms of documentation. There are two lists given on the I-9 form, both of which contain acceptable forms of identification. The employee can either provide one piece of documentation from List A or two pieces, one from List B and one from List C. Forms of valid identification include passports, driver’s licenses, permanent resident cards, and voter registration cards.
Legally, an I-9 form must be completed and turned in within three days of employment. If the employee does not turn in the form within three days they risk termination. Because of this, you should ensure that you have access to the proper forms and documentation before applying to any job. Even if you have the skills to do a job and are hired by an employer, failure to produce a completed I-9 can prevent you from working.
This is one of many things you should know when applying for a truck driving position. For more information, and for driver staffing and placement services in Texas, Atlanta, and Louisiana, browse our website or contact the team at Platinum Drivers today!