Identification (ID) Requirements

When you register for a TOEFL iBT® test, you will be required to provide identification (ID) information. In addition, you must spell your name exactly as it appears on the primary ID document(s) you plan to bring to the test center on test day (other than hyphens, accents or spaces). 

If the ID document you plan to bring contains a multiple-part first or last name, enter the names in the appropriate first or last name fields when you register so they exactly match the names on your ID. If your ID document contains only a first name or only a last name, you should still enter exactly what is on your ID. Note: The Middle Name field is optional, but if your ID shows a middle name, you should enter it so the names match exactly.

Test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable ID 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
  • include your full name exactly matching the name and the ID document used to register, excluding hyphens, accents or spaces
  • include a recent, recognizable photograph include your signature (the name on the ID and the signature name must match)

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

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

  • Residents of Mainland China must present a valid Second Generation National Resident ID Card as primary ID. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Residents of Taiwan must present a Travel Permit to Mainland China.
  • Citizens of Hong Kong and Macau must present a Resident ID Card.
  • Citizens of all other countries and locations must present a valid passport.
  • If your ID is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

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

  • Passport
  • National ID
  • 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:

  • 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.

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.

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 with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Driver's license with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

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 can use your employer-sponsored Iqama Residence ID along with a supplemental ID with name, photo and signature.
  • 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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

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 with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Driver's license with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Non-U.S. Citizens

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.
  • Diplomatic or embassy IDs cannot be used in place of a passport.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that contains your name, photograph and signature and is written in English.

U.S. Citizens

If you are a U.S. citizen testing in the United States, the following ID documents are acceptable:

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

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:

  • 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.

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 with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Driver’s license with name, photograph and signature
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies, with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

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 with name, photograph and signature
  • A Social Security System ID card issued by the Republic of the Philippines that includes your name, photograph and signature, along with an acceptable supplemental ID
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Driver’s license with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present a supplemental ID that includes your name, a recent, recognizable photograph and is written in English.

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 exactly match the name you used when you registered
  • 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

Note: If your ID document is not written in English-language letters and the test center supervisor cannot read it, you may not be able to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

Unable to Meet ID Requirements

If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status or are otherwise unable to meet the ID requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least seven days before you register. You must receive approval from OTI before you register. Be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review. If you do not contact OTI and as a result you are not permitted to test or your scores are held or canceled, your test fee will not be refunded.

ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)

Phone:
1-609-406-5430
(Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, except U.S. holidays)
Fax:
1-609-406-9709
Email:
TSReturns@ets.org

Questions about ID Documents

For general questions about acceptable ID, call TOEFL® Services at:

  • 1-877-863-3546 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
  • 1-609-771-7100 (all other locations)

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