Identification Requirements for the GRE® revised General Test

When you register for a GRE® revised General Test, you will be required to provide identification (ID) information. You must enter your name exactly as it appears on the primary identification document (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) that you plan to present at the test center. If the ID document you will present on the day of the test contains a two-part last name, your primary ID must exactly match (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) the name you used when you registered for the test. For example, a last name of Fernandez de Córdova would be entered as FernandezdeCordova. See The Name You Use When Registering. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve name discrepancies.

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 you do not bring valid and acceptable ID, or if the name on your ID does not exactly match the name on your registration, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

If you are concerned about a discrepancy, contact TSReturns@ets.org before you register.

Your ID requirements depend on where you plan to test and your country of citizenship. Please review the general ID requirements below, then select the country/location where you plan to test to see specific ID requirements.

General 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 your full name exactly (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) as it was when registering for the test
  • include a recent, recognizable photograph
  • include your signature (the name and signature on the ID document must match)

ID Requirements in the Country/Location Where You Plan to Test

Select the country/location where you plan to test to find information about specific ID requirements.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Residents of Mainland China MUST present a valid Second Generation National Resident ID.
  • Residents of Taiwan must present their Travel Permit to Mainland China.
  • Residents of Hong Kong and Macau must present their Travel Permit to Mainland China.

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

If you are testing outside your country of citizenship

  • Citizens from all other countries and locations must present a valid passport.
  • 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. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • National ID
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Military ID

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

If you are testing outside your country of citizenship:

  • Citizens of Mainland China must present a valid Hong Kong-Macau Travel Permit.
  • Citizens of all other countries and locations must present a valid passport.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID. There are no exceptions to this policy.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • National ID
  • Government-issued driver's license
  • Military ID

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.
  • If you are working in Saudi Arabia and are not a citizen, you may use your employer-sponsored Iqama Residence Identification along with a supplemental ID that includes your name, photograph and signature. You must present two forms of identification.
  • If you are testing in a European Union, Schengen Zone or Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) country other than the one where you reside, you can use your valid national or European identity card, if you have one. The card must contain your name, a recent, recognizable photograph, your date of birth and your signature. If this ID does not contain all of these items, you will be required to present a supplemental ID
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • National ID
  • Government-issued driver's license
  • Military ID

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.
  • If you are testing in a European Union, Schengen Zone or Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) country other than the one where you reside, you can use your valid national or European identity card, if you have one. The card must contain your name, a recent, recognizable photograph, your date of birth and your signature. If this ID does not contain all of these items, you will be required to present a supplemental ID.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Military ID

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

If you are not a U.S. citizen and you are testing in the United States:

  • You must present a valid passport with name, photograph and signature. The options below are not acceptable.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.
  • Diplomatic or embassy IDs cannot be used in place of a passport.

Acceptable Documents if Presented with Supplemental ID

The following documents may be acceptable for admission to U.S. test centers if presented along with a supplemental ID. You may only use one of these if the United States is your country of citizenship.

  • Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 or I-151)
  • Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
  • Employment Authorization Card (From I-688A, I-688B, or I-766)
  • Mexican Border Crossing Card – accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border
  • Expired or temporary U.S. driver’s license — accepted only under the following conditions:
    • If your U.S. driver’s license has expired but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, then these two documents together can be accepted if the names match exactly. If you have a temporary paper license instead of a renewal certificate, that is acceptable only if it is accompanied by a supplemental ID.
    • If you are in the U.S. military and the expiration of your driver’s license has been extended or deferred by the issuing state, the license can be used as supplemental ID along with your U.S. military ID. Depending on the state, the extension or deferral may consist of a sticker on the license, the designation “military” printed in place of an expiration date, or a separate document carried with the license, usually with a notation that the license is valid until a specific amount of time after discharge from service.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • National ID
  • Government-issued driver's license
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies
  • Military ID

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.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

All ID documents must include your name, photograph and signature to be acceptable.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

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

  • Passport
  • A Social Security System ID card issued by the Republic of the Philippines, along with an acceptable supplemental ID
  • National ID
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Military ID

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.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one Supplemental ID Document. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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 your last name exactly (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) 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 card
  • Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card

Unable to Meet ID Requirements

If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status or are otherwise 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 OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact 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.

ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)

Email:
TSReturns@ets.org
Phone:
1-800-750-6991 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET
Fax:
1-609-406-9709

Questions About ID Documents

For general questions about acceptable ID, contact GRE Customer Service.

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