Ask the Experts: Photocopying Military ID Cards

Question: For Form I-9 documentation purposes, may an employer photocopy an employee’s military ID card?

Answer: Yes. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers may make a photocopy of a military ID card for Form I-9 purposes. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) governing the Form I-9 process, the copying of documentation is permitted. More information is available on the USCIS’s “How to Complete Form I-9” page. Keep in mind the military ID is only an acceptable List B identity document (see 8 C.F.R. 274a.2(b)(1)(v)(B)).