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Identification (ID) Requirements

When you register for your TOEFL® Essentials test, you're required to enter your identification (ID) information.

If you're concerned about a discrepancy, contact TOEFL® Services before you register. TOEFL Services can also help if your name changes after you register.

You must present a valid government-issued ID with photo.

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 aren't acceptable, and documents cannot be presented on a mobile phone or any other electronic device
  • be a government-issued national/state/province identity card that is issued and recognized by the country where you’re a citizen or resident
  • be valid; expired documents aren't acceptable
  • include your full name exactly matching the name you used to register, excluding accents or diacritical marks
  • include a recent, recognizable photograph
  • include your signature (the name on the ID and the signature name must match)

Additional Information

Unacceptable ID Documents

The following documents aren’t acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:

  • 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 isn’t written in English-language letters and the proctor can't read it, you must present supplemental ID.

Supplemental ID Documents

You might have to provide a supplemental ID document if:

  • the proctor questions your primary ID document
  • your primary ID document is otherwise acceptable but is missing your full name, photograph or signature

You can't use supplemental ID documents to resolve last-name discrepancies. Contact TOEFL® Services before test day to handle that.

Note: If you can't provide acceptable supplemental ID (see below) that includes your signature, you can present 2 government-issued IDs with photographs, as long as they're in the same name you used when you registered.

Acceptable Supplemental ID

The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:

  • Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Acceptable 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 1 year from the date issued.
    Image of confirmation identity letter
  • Driver's license renewals
    • 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, it can be used as supplemental ID along with your U.S. military ID card. 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 for a specific amount of time after discharge from service.
    • If your driver's license has expired but you present it along with your Original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, the 2 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 an acceptable supplemental ID.

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 7 days before you register. You must receive approval from OTI before you register. Be prepared to submit any requested documents for review. If you don't contact OTI and as a result you can't take the 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. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada)
  • +1-609-771-7100 (all other locations)