Identification Requirements

All test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification each time they report to a test center. It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents are up-to-date and available on the day of the test.

  • If the test administrator questions the ID you present, you may be required to provide supplemental ID. If positive confirmation cannot be made, you may not be permitted to test or your test scores may be withheld.
  • All test takers are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test center. Prior admission to a test center based on a given ID document does not assure that that document will be considered acceptable. Test centers are not required to hold your seat if you leave the center to obtain acceptable ID.
  • Admission to the test center does not assure that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable ID are subject to review and approval by the ETS Office of Testing Integrity. ETS reserves the right to withhold and/or cancel scores in the event that the ID requirements set forth herein are not met.
  • Your test fees will not be refunded if you are not permitted to test or if your scores are withheld or canceled because of invalid or unacceptable ID.

ID Document Requirements

With few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements. Each ID document must:

  • be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable
  • be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
  • bear the test taker’s full name exactly (excluding hyphens, accents, tildes and apostrophes) as it was used when registering for the test
  • bear a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker
  • bear the test taker’s signature (the name and signature on the ID document must match)

Primary ID Documents

The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:

  • Passport
  • Government-issued Driver's license
  • State or Province ID card (including those issued by the motor vehicle agencies)
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

Supplemental ID Documents

A test taker should provide a supplemental ID if the test administrator questions the primary ID document and/or if the primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but does not bear the test taker’s full name, photograph or signature.

Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve name discrepancies. The last name on a test taker’s primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents, tildes and apostrophes) the name on his or her admission ticket.

The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:

  • Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Primary ID Documents earlier in this section)
  • Student ID card
  • Confirmation of identity letter from the test taker’s educational institution. This letter must be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution the test taker attends or attended and, in addition to meeting all of the ID Document Requirements listed earlier in this section, must include the test taker’s date of birth and the date issued. Additionally, a school official’s signature and the school seal must be present and both must overlap the test taker’s photograph. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.

Unacceptable ID Documents

The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:

  • Any document that is photocopied or expired
  • Any document that does not bear the test taker’s last name exactly as it was used when registering for the test
  • International driver’s license
  • Draft classification card
  • International student ID
  • Credit/debit card of any kind
  • Notary-prepared letter or document
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Employee ID card
  • Any temporary ID
  • Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card.

For general questions about acceptable ID, contact the ETS Puerto Rico office.

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

If you are testing outside your country of citizenship:

  • You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and are testing within the U.S. and U.S. territories, you must present a passport that meets all of the ID document requirements listed earlier in this section.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present as supplemental ID at least one of the documents listed under Supplemental ID Documents earlier in this section. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English. If the test administrator cannot read the language in which it is written, you will not be permitted to test.
  • Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
  • The following documents are acceptable for admission if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Supplemental ID Documents earlier in this section.
    • Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
    • Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
    • Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A, I-688B or I-766)
    • Mexican Border Crosser Card (This form of ID is only accepted at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)

Unable to Meet ID Requirements

If you are unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least seven days before registering to test. You must receive approval from the OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to the OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact the OTI before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.

Questions About ID Documents

For general questions about acceptable ID, contact the ETS Puerto Rico office.