The Big Three: What Documents to Bring on Your First Day

Too often, we are seeing qualified and talented candidates in our Building Skills network get held up on their first day of work due to missing documents. Employers require three different pieces of documentation for candidates to bring to their first day on the job: your New York State ID, your Social Security card, and your OSHA-30 card. Please note that you will need original, hard copies of all these documents.

  1. New York State ID

First and foremost, you must bring your official state-issued identification card. This can be either a driver’s license or a non-driver ID card. If you have lost your ID card or if it’s expired, you should apply for a new one at your local DMV. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand, as due to COVID-19, the DMV is not accepting walk-ins. Find out more information here.

  • Social Security Card

While most people need their driver’s license or non-driver ID on regular basis, a Social Security card is typically needed far less frequently. Because of this, some people end up temporarily misplacing or permanently losing these cards. If you’ve lost your card, you can submit an application for a replacement. More information can be found here.

  • OSHA-30 Card

Finally, make sure you have your OSHA-30 card ready to go for your first day. Unfortunately, there has been an uptick in fraudulent activities related to these courses and cards over the past few years. Take the time to read through OSHA’s fact sheet surrounding fraudulent activity and know what to look for.