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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.http://www.news-leader.com/article/20120115/NEWS01/201150331/wes-johnson-carson-mitchell-e-verify?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CHome%7Cs

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

E-Verify

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