North Carolina has joined Arizona, Mississippi, and South Carolina in requiring employers, including motor carriers, to use the federal government's E-Verify system for evaluating employment eligibility. The E-Verify system compares Form I-9 employment eligibility information with data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to ensure a match. E-Verify is an otherwise voluntary system, except for certain federal contractors and employers in Arizona and Mississippi.
Beginning October 1, 2012, North Carolina employers with at least 500 employees must use the E-Verify system for all new hires. The obligation will apply to employers with 100 or more employees beginning January 1, 2013, and employers with 25 or more employees must use E-Verify as of July 1, 2013. E-Verify requirements do not apply with respect to current employees.