Identification Requirements for Off-Campus Testing

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. You should also bring your confirmation email with you on test day.

Please read the following sections for acceptable primary and supplemental ID documents and allowed exceptions.

ID Document Requirements 

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 matching exactly (excluding accents and spaces) the name used to register
  • 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)

See Unacceptable ID Documents

See Exceptions and Requirements if:

  • you are testing outside your country of citizenship
  • you are not a U.S. citizen and you are testing within the U.S.
  • 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

Primary ID Documents 

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

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

Supplemental ID Documents 

  • 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 name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding accents 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. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.

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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 matching exactly (excluding accents and spaces) the name used to register
  • 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

Exceptions and Requirements 

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

  • You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID document.
  • 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.)

Two-part Last Name

  • If the ID document you will present on the day of the test contains a two-part last name, the name you used when registering must exactly match (excluding accents and spaces) your ID. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve name discrepancies.

Driver's License Renewals (United States only)

  • 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.

Military ID Without Signature

  • If your Military ID does not contain your signature, you must present a supplemental ID.

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