New Licensing Process Endorsed by Maryland Racing Commission

Thursday, July 4, 2024

The Maryland Racing Commission (MRC), in collaboration with industry stakeholders and immigration specialists, has introduced a new process to simplify the issuance of all occupational licenses.

In line with other racing jurisdictions, the MRC will now require trainers to complete a form attesting that the employee is eligible to work in the United States, as mandated by federal law. This policy applies to all occupational licensees accessing the stable area.

Effective immediately, the Maryland Jockey Club will continue enforcement of the requirement that only those with an Exercise Rider license may condition horses.

It will be the responsibility of each employer to collect and keep on file I-9 forms (Employment Eligibility Verification) from their workers. The new MRC document, titled “Trainer’s Immigration Certification,” will be available at the MRC Licensing Office at Laurel Park.

The I-9 form is a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services document. Every employer must ensure that this form is completed for each employee. It is designed to ensure legal compliance and protection of businesses from potential legal issues.

The USCIS website provides detailed instructions on completing and maintaining I-9 forms. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is committed to supporting its members in meeting their legal responsibilities, so contact the MTHA office if assistance is needed.

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