Self Check Terms of Use

By accessing, viewing, or using Self Check, you are agreeing to use this service in compliance with the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement below and all applicable laws and regulations. To use the Self Check service, you must accept these terms of use by checking the box at the bottom of this page.

Terms of Use


You are entering an official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. Websites for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been established in accordance with the Interim ISS Directive, which includes regular risk assessments and certifications. The Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security is the final authority on security requirements and controls for Homeland Security Websites. Every effort is made to ensure the quality, integrity and utility of the information on this site while ensuring privacy and security. Only authorized personnel may alter Web pages. Unauthorized use of this system may result in criminal, civil and/or administrative penalties.

Your Use of Self Check

Your use of Self Check is for the purpose of learning about your work authorization status and the accuracy of your related government records only. By using the Self Check service, you agree that you will not submit biographical or employment authorization document data that relates to anyone other than yourself. You also agree that you will not run a Self Check query at the request of another party or attempt to use the results of your Self Check query to prove to another party that you are authorized to work or eligible for admission to any organization or receipt of any benefit.

Information You Submit

Information from the work authorization query part of Self Check will not be shared outside of DHS except for the E‑Verify data sharing requirements detailed under the Basic Pilot statute. This includes sharing work authorization query data with the Social Security Administration to facilitate the Self Check mismatch resolution process, as well as sharing data for law enforcement purposes as described in the E‑Verify PIA dated May 4, 2010.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not retain any personally identifiable information in its Self Check logs. Only transaction ID and error codes are retained in order to facilitate troubleshooting and system management. Third party data providers may retain logs of access to personal information in order to comply with their legal obligations to protect personally identifiable information in their possession per the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The contract for identity proofing permits them to use this information only in very limited ways such as fraud monitoring and prevention, and as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. This data may be kept for one year and is also reflected as a soft inquiry on your credit report for one year. A soft inquiry has no impact on your credit score and can be seen only by you and the credit bureau. It is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act to assist in monitoring access to credit files.

USCIS will maintain all information collected during the work authorization query process in accordance with the USCIS Self Check Privacy System of Records Notice. To learn how we maintain your privacy, please review our privacy statement.

Intellectual Property

Use of this site or the receipt of information from it does not grant any licenses to any copyrights, patents or any other intellectual property rights or the rights to any of the materials on the site or sites or materials accessed by use of the site. Read more on the Department of Homeland Security Intellectual Property Policy at

Identity Assurance

Use of the Self Check service requires us to use an independent, third party identity assurance provider in order to for us to make certain that you are seeking access to the Self Check service only to verify your own work authorization status. This third party provides identity assurance services to USCIS in accordance with the terms and conditions of our Service Level Agreement. USCIS does not control or maintain the information gathered or utilized by Self Check from this identity assurance provider.

Accuracy, Completeness and Timeliness of Information on the Site

USCIS assumes no responsibility regarding the accuracy of the information that is provided by the Self Check service. The user assumes all risks of use and the consequences of using the information from the site and any affiliated site, whether accurate or inaccurate.

USCIS does not guarantee the availability of the Self Check Service, nor for it to be operational nor to be available to the general public. USCIS does not guarantee that the sites for identity assurance and for verification of work authorization will be accurate, will be operational or will be available to the general public. The user assumes all risks of accuracy, operational status and of the availability of the Self Check Service.

SCIS makes no representations whatsoever about any other Web site as to content, accuracy, inaccuracy or reliability of the information gathered by the third party Identity Assurance Provider from its sources. We have no role in selecting or culling out the information sources, but do rely on the expertise of the third party sites to gather relevant information. We will hold the third party identity assurance provider to the standards of security and privacy included in the terms of the contract and what is laid out in the security and privacy documentation for this service.

Your Liability

If you cause a technical disruption of the site or the systems transmitting the site to you or others by intentional or grossly negligent acts, you agree to be responsible for any and all civil and or criminal penalties, including but not limited to attorneys fees, actual and consequential damages arising from the disruption of the sites, all efforts taken to correct and restore the site, and to defend the rights of the United States Government.


The federal laws of the United States govern the terms, conditions and use of this site, and all users irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal laws of the United States for any action to enforce these terms, conditions, and use of this site. Unauthorized access is a violation of the laws of the United States (U.S.) and the policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and may result in administrative or criminal penalties. Users shall not attempt to access other users' files or system files without prior authorization. Absence of access controls is not an authorization to access or a waiver of applicable laws or Department policies.

This site has been designed to comply with the federal laws of the United States. If any materials on this site or use of this site are contrary to the law of the place where accessed and viewed, the site is not intended for access and view and shall not be used or viewed. Therefore, viewers are responsible for informing themselves of the laws of their specific jurisdiction and complying with them.


The Department of Homeland Security is committed to providing access to our Web pages for individuals with disabilities, both members of the public and federal employees. To meet this commitment, we will comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Read more on the Department of Homeland Security Accessibility policy at

Changes to These Terms

The Department of Homeland Security reserves the right, at its complete discretion, to change these terms of use at any time by posting revised terms of use on the site. It is the viewer's responsibility to check periodically for any changes DHS may make to these terms, conditions and use restrictions. Continued use of this site following the posting of changes to these terms, conditions and use restrictions means you accept the changes.

By using this website, you agree to do so in compliance with these terms and conditions and all applicable laws and regulations. If you do not agree to these terms, you cannot use Self Check.

Self Check is committed to protecting your privacy and civil liberties with the same rigor that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) places on protecting our homeland. Privacy principles and security measures are incorporated into all Self Check processes and procedures and any changes to Self Check incorporate the highest level of privacy protections possible.

Privacy Statement

Our Privacy Commitment to You

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is committed to maintaining the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). That is why the Self Check service requires that you authenticate your identity before we allow you to access the work authorization status information we have about you.

Privacy Act Statement

AUTHORITY: Section 404 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA).

PURPOSE: USCIS uses the information you supply to quickly confirm your identity and to provide you access to your work authorization status information.

ROUTINE USES: The information you provide for identity authentication will be shared with a third- party private sector identity proofing service under contract with USCIS for the purpose of authenticating your identity. The information you supply to perform an E‑Verify query and the query result is available to USCIS staff tasked with the operation of the Self Check service and may be shared with the Social Security Administration to facilitate the mismatch resolution process, and for law enforcement purposes as required by IIRIRA to prevent fraud and misuse of the E‑Verify System. A complete list of routine uses for this information is available in our System of Records Notices entitled E‑Verify Self Check (DHS/USCIS-013) and E‑Verify Program (DHS/USCIS-011) available at

DISCLOSURE: Providing this information (including your Social Security Number) is voluntary; however, failure to provide the requested information may prevent you from authenticating your identity and/or accessing your work authorization status information.

Collection, Retention, and Use of Information about You

E‑Verify Self Check involves a two-step process:

  1. Identity authentication; and
  2. E‑Verify query to confirm current work authorization status.

To complete the first part of the process, USCIS uses a third-party private sector Identity Proofing (IdP) service to generate a quiz containing questions that only you should be able to answer. These questions are generated by the IdP service based on commercial identity verification information (USCIS does not have access to the commercial information), collected by third-party companies from financial institutions, and other service providers.

In order to generate the quiz, the IdP will ask you to provide name, address of residence, date of birth, and optionally, Social Security number (SSN). USCIS does not have access to your quiz questions or the answers you provide. If you pass the quiz and decide to move on in the Self Check process to confirm your work authorization status, the IdP passes your name, date of birth, and SSN (if provided). To ensure you are the same person who originally passed the quiz, these data elements cannot be altered. Next, you will be required to enter your SSN, if you did not already provide it for identity authentication, as well as additional information, based on the documentation you would present to an employer for processing in E‑Verify. The information collected from you is dependent on your citizenship status and your document choices but could include: SSN; Citizenship Status; Alien Number; Passport Number; I-94 Number; and /or Permanent Resident or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card Number. This is the same information that is used to determine employment authorization in the E‑Verify process.

The IdP sends USCIS a transaction number, a pass/fail indicator, the date and time of the transaction, and any applicable error code(s) to facilitate troubleshooting and system management and improvement. We do not retain the PII, you have provided during the identity authentication process if you are unable to authenticate your identity or if you decide not to complete the next step of the Self Check process, the E‑Verify query.

The IdP maintains a logs of access to your information and the type of inquiry (credit check, identity check, etc.) to comply with their legal obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Self Check inquiry is an identity check that does not affect your credit score and is not shown to third parties who may request copies of credit reports. The IdP also maintains an audit log of all identity verification transactions to conduct system management and to generate customer usage statistics. The audit log includes information submitted by the user (name, address, date of birth, SSN (if provided), the questions asked of the user, whether the user correctly answered the questions, the scores generated during the identity proofing process, and the business rules that were triggered during the transaction.

USCIS maintains a record of your E‑Verify query including your name, date of birth, SSN, work authorization documentation information, the query result, and an E‑Verify case number. This is consistent with how E‑Verify queries initiated by authorized employers are maintained in E‑Verify.

If you would like to learn more about how Self Check protects your privacy, please review the E‑Verify Self Check Privacy Impact Assessment, September 6, 2013 available at

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time.