Should Your Small Business be Using E-Verify?

DEKE Business Bookkeeping offers payroll services to many of our bookkeeping clients, and while we are not equipped to function as an outsourced HR department, we often field general HR questions. Many of those revolve around new hires and compliance implications.

Everify for Small Businesses

You’ve likely heard a lot of talk about E-Verify on the campaign trail, but did you know that employers in the State of South Carolina are required by law to use it? According to SC legislature HB 4400, which was passed in 2008, all employers are obligated to use E-Verify or some other verification process effective July 1, 2010. Refusal to comply can result in fines, debarment from government contracts and criminal penalties.    

What is E-Verify?

E-verify is web-based software that helps an employer to validate whether or not an employee is eligible to work in the United States.

How can your small business access the E-Verify system? 

Visit the official E-Verify website at to enroll. Once registered, you can easily login to access the online system. When verifying a new hire, you will need a photo ID (a driver’s license or identification number) and a social security number or work visa. The verification process should happen quickly (in as little as five minutes). 

Learn More 

For more information on how to use E-Verify, visit

And if your business is seeking payroll services, it may be time to outsource your bookkeeping. Email to learn more about the options available to you.