Supplemental ID Documents

You may be required to provide a supplemental ID document if:

  • the test administrator questions your primary ID document
  • your primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but does not bear your full name, photograph or signature

Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) the name you used when you registered for the test.

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)
  • Student ID card
  • Confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution. This letter must be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution you attend(ed) and, in addition to meeting all of the ID Document Requirements, must include your date of birth and the date issued. Additionally, a school official's signature and the school seal must be present and both must overlap your photograph, as shown below. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.

    Image of confirmation of identity letter

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