- ID Document Requirements
- Primary ID Documents
- Supplemental ID Documents
- Unacceptable ID Documents
- Exceptions and Requirements
- Testing in Mainland China
- Testing in Hong Kong/Macau
- Testing in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nigeria
- Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship
- Testing in European Union/Schengen Zone Countries
- Two-part Last Name
- Driver's License Renewals
- Military ID Without Signature
- Political Asylum or Refugee Status
- Questions About ID Documents
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.
Your ID requirements depend on your country of citizenship and where you plan to test. Please read the specific section for acceptable primary and supplemental ID documents and allowed exceptions.
- As outlined in The Name You Use When Registering, you are responsible for ensuring that the name you used to register exactly matches (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on the ID document(s) you will present at the test center.
- 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 score 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 identification.
- 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 either during or after the test administration. ETS reserves the right to withhold and/or cancel scores in the event that the ID requirements set forth herein are not met.
- You may be required to show your ID and/or to sign a test center log at various points throughout the test administration.
- 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.
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 and spaces) as it appears on the admission ticket
- bear a recent photograph that clearly matches the test taker
- bear the test taker's signature
- you are testing in Mainland China, Hong Kong/Macau, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan or Nigeria
- you are testing outside your country of citizenship
- you are a U.S. Non-Citizen testing within the U.S.
- you are a Citizen of European Union and Schengen Zone Countries
- you have a two-part last name
- you are in the process of renewing your driver's license
- you are in the military and your Military ID does not contain your signature
- you are unable to meet the ID requirements
- you have any questions about the acceptability of your ID document(s)
The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:
- Government-issued driver's license
- State or Province ID card (including those issued by the motor vehicle agencies)
- National ID card
- Military ID card
- You may be required to provide a supplemental ID if the test administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if 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 last name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on your 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)
- 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. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.
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 hyphens, accents and spaces) as it appears on the admission ticket
- 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
- Citizens in Mainland China must present a valid National Resident ID Card as their primary ID document. There are no exceptions to this policy. The Second Generation National Resident ID Card is preferred.
- Citizens of Taiwan must present their Travel Permit to Mainland China.
- Citizens of Hong Kong and Macau must present their Resident Identity Card.
- Citizens from all other countries and locations must present a valid passport.
- Citizens of Mainland China must present a valid Hong Kong/Macau Travel Permit.
- Citizens from all other countries must present a valid passport.
- You MUST present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document. See Exceptions list.
- Non-U.S. citizens testing within the U.S. must present a passport that meets all of the ID document requirements.
- 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.
- Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
- The following documents may be acceptable for admission if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Supplemental ID Documents.
- 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.)
- If you are testing in a European Union or Schengen Zone 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 photo; your date of birth; and your signature.
- If your ID is not written in English-language letters and the test administrator cannot read the language in which it is written, you may not be permitted to take the test.
- If the ID document you will present on the day of the test contains a two-part last name, your admission ticket must exactly match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) your ID. See The Name You Use When Registering. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve last name discrepancies.
- If your driver's license has expired but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, these two documents together are acceptable if the names on both documents match exactly. If you are issued a temporary paper license in lieu 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 either a sticker affixed to 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 driver's license is valid until a specific time period after discharge from service.
- If your Military ID does not contain your signature, you must present a supplemental ID.
If you have been granted political asylum or refugee status, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity before you register to test. If you do not contact this office before you register and therefore are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.
For general questions about acceptable ID, call GRE Customer Service at:
- 1-866-473-4373 (United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada)
- 1-609-771-7670 (all other locations)
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