- The first and last name you use when you register — and the spelling of that name — must exactly match (excluding accents) the name printed on the ID you’ll present on the day of your test. If it doesn’t, you may be prohibited from taking the test or your test scores may be canceled after you take the test.
- Provide your entire first (given) name (excluding accents). Don’t register under a nickname or with only an initial as your first name.
- Supply your entire last (family/surname) name. If you have a two-part first or last name, supply your complete last name as it appears on the ID (excluding accents) that you’ll present on the day of the test. For example, a last name of Fernandez de Córdova would be entered as Fernandez de Cordova.
- You have the option to include your middle initial, but it’s not a requirement.
- If you register by phone or mail, be sure you are registered under your entire first and last names as they appear on your ID (excluding accents).
The name you use when registering
When you create your ETS account and register for your test, it’s important to make sure that the name you use exactly matches the name on the identification (ID) information you plan to use on the day of your test. If you’re concerned about a discrepancy, contact TSReturns@ets.org before registering.
Your ID requirements
Your ID requirements depend on where you plan to test and your country of citizenship, unless you’re testing at home. If testing at home, you’re required to present valid government-issued ID.
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 and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device
- be a physical ID; electronic ID issued to a mobile phone or any other electronic device is not acceptable
- be a government-issued national/state/province identity card that is recognized by the country in which you are a citizen or permanent resident
- bear your first and last name exactly (excluding accents) 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)
- be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
As of January 1, 2022, ETS accepts expired IDs that are up to 90 days past the expiration date.
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.
Additional requirements and policies
Questions about ID documents
For general questions about acceptable ID, contact GRE Services.