I wanted to see firsthand what's involved, so with the help of a local business, I "applied" for a job with Carson-Mitchell Engineers.

Office Manager Cheryl Zielke took down my basic information -- full name, middle initial, date of birth and then asked for two key identifiers.

My driver's license and my Social Security card.

The E-Verify system came back with an answer in about five seconds.

"Employment is authorized," Zielke said.

By Wes Johnson -- Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader


Updated: Mon, Jan 16th 2012 @ 4:43pm EST