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Identification (ID) Requirements

Your ID requirements vary based on where you plan to test and your country of citizenship. Read the identification information and requirements on this page carefully to ensure that the ID you use to register is valid and acceptable.

The name you use when registering

When you create your account and register for your test, it’s important to make sure the name you use exactly matches the name on the primary ID you plan to present on test day. If the name shown on your primary ID doesn’t match your registration record, you will not be permitted to test and will forfeit your test fees.

  • Provide your entire first name (given name) and entire last name (family name) exactly as they appear on your ID.
  • If your identification contains two last names, you must enter the names exactly as they appear on your identification.
  • If your name exceeds the maximum number of characters allowed by the registration system fields, enter as much of your name that matches your ID into the field. When you arrive to your test, the check-in screen will display the shortened name you entered. Test center staff will admit you for testing as long as your name/characters on the check-in screen match those on your ID. For example, the full name "Mariechristine Johnson-Hernandez" listed on the ID, may only show as "Mariechristine Johnson-Hernand" on the check-in screen.

  • If your name has changed since you registered for a test, ETS Customer Service will not be able to change the name on your account. You will need to cancel your registration, create a new account and register using your new name. Therefore, it is recommended that you have ID in the correct name BEFORE you complete the registration process.
  • If you have an account but haven’t yet registered for a test, create a new online Praxis account providing your name exactly as it appears on the primary identification you will present on test day. When creating your new account, leave the Social Security number (SSN) field blank to avoid technical issues. After the new account is created, you will have the opportunity to enter your SSN by clicking the "Update Personal or Contact Information" link.

General ID requirements

  • You must have acceptable and valid ID with your name, signature and a recognizable photograph to register and to be admitted to a test center.
  • Your complete name and signature as shown on your ID must match the name you registered under EXACTLY, even if you have a two-part last name or your name has changed for any reason.
  • All documents must be original. No copies will be accepted.  
  • You must present a physical ID. ID that is presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device is not acceptable.  
  • IDs must be valid and cannot be expired.  As of January 1, 2023, ETS no longer accepts expired drivers’ licenses.

Acceptable primary ID

Below are the specific ID requirements for testing in the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada. For information about testing in other countries, see the Bulletin (PDF).

Only one form of primary ID containing your name, photograph and a signature is needed.

Acceptable forms of primary ID include:

  • Passport with name, photograph and signature
  • Passport Card (United States only — must be accompanied by valid supplemental ID)
  • Valid government-issued driver's license with name, photograph and signature
  • State or province ID issued by a motor vehicle agency with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Provisional driver's license (issued in lieu of a renewal certificate) with photo, signature and an expiration date 

Supplemental ID may be required if the test center administrator has concerns about the primary ID. If your primary ID does not contain your signature, sign the document or present an acceptable supplemental ID document.

See Acceptable Supplemental ID below.

  • You must present a valid passport as your primary ID document. If you do not meet this requirement, you may not be admitted to test.
  • If your passport does not contain your signature, either sign your passport or present a supplemental ID.
  • U.S. military personnel may present their U.S. military ID cards for admission to test centers. If a military ID does not contain a signature, a supplemental ID is required.
  • Diplomatic and embassy ID cards will not be accepted as primary ID in place of a passport.

The following documents may be acceptable for admission to U.S. test centers if presented with an acceptable supplemental ID. If you are in the process of renewing the document, and have the expired document in your possession, you may present it together with the government-issued renewal extension letter.

  • Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card or government-issued renewal authorization form
  • Temporary Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card or government-issued renewal form
  • Mexican Border Crosser Card (accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border)

Additional requirements

If your primary ID is missing your photo or signature, or is otherwise questionable or unacceptable, you must present a current supplemental ID in addition to your primary ID. The supplemental ID must contain your name; a clear, recent photo; and your signature. Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve last name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match the name on your admission ticket.

If your supplemental ID does not have a signature, you may present a second government-issued photo ID. If you cannot present two forms of government-issued, photo-bearing identification in the same name as the name on your registration, you will not be permitted to take the test.

Acceptable supplemental ID documents include:

  • Government-issued ID, including but not limited to:
    • Passport
    • Passport Card (United States only — must be accompanied by valid supplemental ID)
    • Driver's license
    • State or province ID card (including those issued by motor vehicle agencies)
    • National ID card
    • Military ID card
  • Student ID
  • Confirmation letter of identity from your educational institution. The letter must be typed on school letterhead with the name and signature of the school official. The school seal must overlap your photo and not be older than one year from testing date. It must also include:
    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Recent, clear photo
    • Your signature
    • Date of issue

  • Any document that is photocopied or expired
  • Any ID document presented at the center on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • Any document that does not bear your complete name exactly as it appears on your admission ticket
  • International driver's license
  • Draft classification card
  • International student ID
  • Credit/debit card of any kind
  • Notary-prepared letter or document
  • Social Security card
  • Employee ID card
  • Temporary ID card — excluding a driver's license, resident card and employment authorization card renewals
  • Birth certificate
  • Diplomatic, consulate, or embassy ID card
  • Any document that is not recognized by a government agency

It is your responsibility to ensure that your ID documents are up to date and available on the day of the test.

If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status or are otherwise unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least 7 days before registering to test. You must receive approval from OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact OTI before you register and, as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.

ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)

Hours: Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time
Email: Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-750-6991
For test takers in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada
Phone: 1-609-406-5430

Have questions?

For general questions about acceptable ID, call ETS Customer Service:

Toll-free phone: 1-800-772-9476
For test takers in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada
Phone: 1-609-771-7393