What is a federal work authorization user identification number?
You do business in a state like Georgia, Alabama or Arizona and have been told that, to renew your business license or get paid on a public contract, you need a “federal work authorization user identification number” or to use the “federal work authorization program.”
The federal work authorization user identification number… in a nutshell
The “federal work authorization user identification number” (also known as “EEV User Identification Number” or “E-Verify Company ID number”) is the number that is assigned to businesses when they enroll in E-Verify. E-Verify is a web-based program whereby employers can check whether or not their new hires are eligible to work in the U.S.
E-Verify is currently, for the most part, voluntary under federal law but a growing number of states have passed laws requiring employers within the state to enroll under certain circumstances. Some state laws use the unnecessarily long phrase “federal work authorization user identification number” to describe the E-Verify Company ID number.
Company ID numbers are issued to employers sequentially. Numbers issued today are seven digits while older numbers can be four or five digits (ours, assigned in 2007, is 40133, for example). It is not the same as a User ID number, which is the four letters and four digits identifier assigned to every individual user of the system.
How to get a federal work authorization user identification number
There are two ways to enroll in E-Verify and receive the ID number — either on your own or through an E-Verify Employer Agent.
If you do it yourself, you will be required to register; sign the agreement; remember a username and password; and take several tutorials and pass a 30-question mastery test before you can access the system and receive your federal work authorization user identification number. This doesn’t happen quickly; it can take DHS/E-Verify up to three weeks to send temporary login info.
The alternative is an Employer Agent; a private company that you can hire to enroll your company and manage your verifications for you. While doing it yourself isn’t “rocket science,” hiring an Employer Agent eliminates the headaches and puts a professional “on the job,” working for you.
We are an Employer Agent, authorized by the federal government since 2007 to enroll companies like yours in E-Verify. With us, there are no tutorials nor mastery tests; no usernames and passwords to remember; and no need to become an expert on E-Verify or devote already-overworked staff to managing verifications.
You can enroll easily on this page. If you are in a rush to receive your federal work authorization user identification number, we offer a “rush signup” of four hours or less for a nominal fee.
Not sure if you already have a number or not?
It’s easy to find out if your organization is already enrolled in E-Verify and has been assigned a federal work authorization user identification number. You can call E-Verify Customer Support at 888-464-4218.
If your organization would have been enrolled more than three months ago and, at the time of enrollment would have reported five or more employees, you may find it listed in the “Participating Employers” database. The database won’t give you your federal work authorization user identification number, however; you’ll have to call Customer Support for that.