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How do we legally correct errors on I-9s?

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Q. I found some minor errors in our I-9 forms. For example, some have signatures on the wrong line. Is it legal to correct the errors or do I need to have the forms filled out again? If I do new forms, should I back-date them? — T.T., Wisconsin

A. Yes, you can correct minor errors on a Form I-9 by including the correct information. The corrections should be initialed and dated (with the current date) on the original Form I-9, either by the employee (if corrected information is needed in Section 1) or by the employer (if corrected information is needed in Sections 2 or 3).

Alternatively, instead of altering the existing forms, you could complete a new Form I-9 with the current date. Retain the old form and staple it to the newly created Form I-9.

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