IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Idaho became the third state to join the Records and Information from DMV's for E-Verify program on Sunday.
The RIDE program gives employers participating in the E-Verify program the ability to verify a potential employee's drivers license with DMV records.
Currently only government agencies and contractors are required to participate in E-Verify. When job seekers fill out the I-9 form they are required to supply a document that establishes identity and employment. Often applicants choose to provide a drivers license, so the program is intended to make the E-Verify process more efficient.
Randy Neal is an immigration lawyer in Idaho Falls and said Idaho's move to participate makes sense logistically.
"Idaho is a state that restricts drivers licenses to individuals who have legal status," said Neal. "So they're in a better place I guess to be involved with this program."
Some states issue driving privileges to individuals regardless of legal status.
"So for those states it would not be particularly helpful," said Neal.
Neal says the program isn't aimed to detect individuals who are in the U.S. Unlawfully.
"It is a way for the employer to avoid civil and criminal liability by hiring individuals who are not eligible for employment in the United States," said Neal.
Idaho Joins Florida and Mississippi as the only participants of the E-Verify RIDE Program.