The Form I-9 is a requirement for U.S. employers.  By not completing and retaining Form I-9 properly, employers can find themselves penalized.  Penalties for failing to produce a Form I-9 range from $110 to $1,100 per violation.  With so much at stake, do you know the “ins and outs” of the Form I-9?   Take this quiz to find out:

Form I-9 Quiz

True or False

  1. All employees must complete a Form I-9.

False.  The following employees are NOT required to complete a Form I-9:

  • Current employees who were employed before November 6, 1986
  • Independent contractors to whom you do not provide tools or set hours
  • Intermittent workers such as domestic workers and repairmen
  1. Only the employee is obligated to complete Section I of the Form I-9.

False.  The employee completes the information. The employer must verify the information is correct.

  1. Section I must be completed no later than the first day of work.


  1. Section II must be completed no later than the first day of work.

False.  The employer must complete Section II no later than three business days after work begins.

  1. The employee must present a form of identification from Lists A, B, and C.

False.  The employee must present one form of identification from List A, OR a combination of documents from List B and C.  The most common types of ID on List A are a U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card.  The most common types of ID on List B are a Driver’s License or ID card.  List C includes the Social Security Card and Birth Certificate.

  1. Section III must be completed if an employee gets married or divorced and changes her name.

True.  Section III is for name changes, re-hires, or re-verifications

  1. If an employee is hired January 2018 and terminates June 2018, the Form I-9 must be retained until June 2019.

False.  Form I-9 must be retained for three years after the hire date or one year after the termination date—whichever is longest.

If you scored 100% on this short quiz without any guesswork, CONGRATULATIONS!  But remember, these are basic questions.  There is always more to learn.

If you scored less than a confident 100%, you could be putting your company at risk.  With penalties ranging from $100 to $1,100 per violation, things could get costly very quickly.

Luckily for both the 100-percenters wanting to know more, and those on shaky ground, UniqueHR  has Human Resource experts who can assist with Form I-9.  Call us at 361-852-6392 to make sure you know the “ins and outs” of the Form I-9.