Photo Identification

Acceptable original identification documentation must be presented at the time of check-in or you will not be admitted to the test.

Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification

Bring acceptable identification with you at check-in, or you will not be admitted to the test. The name on your identification must match the name on your Admission Ticket. The photograph must be clearly recognizable as you. The identification must be an original document. You must present one of the following exactly as described:

Official photo identification can be provided in three ways, 1) using an original identification document issued by your school, employer, or city/state/federal government, 2) using a verified transcript with embedded photograph, and 3) using a school letter of identification with photo.

  • Original Identification document: Must be issued by your school, employer, or city/state/federal government. Both your name and current, recognizable photograph must appear. The identification must be an original document, not a copy or a picture on your phone.

    Acceptable examples include:
    • Driver license
    • Passport (or Passport Card)
    • Identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Computer generated driver permit with photo, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
    • U.S. military photo ID card
    • High school photo ID card
    • Post-secondary school photo ID Card
    • Bus pass or employer ID card with photo
    • U.S. government or a foreign government photo ID Card
  • Verified transcript with embedded photograph: Many schools now have the ability to print a transcript with an embedded photograph from their student database. In order to use a transcript with embedded photograph, the transcript must include either an impression or stamp of the school seal or the signature of a school official (principal, vice principal, counselor, or registrar). Transcripts without a school seal or the signature of a school official will be considered unverified and will not be accepted.
  • School letter of identification with photo: An official letter of identification that meets all the following criteria:
    • Has been signed by the school official in ink. Printed, stamped, or photocopied signatures are not acceptable
    • Is on school letterhead or an official school computer-generated printout that shows the school's name, address, and phone number
    • Is signed by one of the following officials at your school: principal, director, vice principal, counselor, registrar, or site administrator identified on your school's Private School Affidavit (R-4) or statement in lieu of the affidavit on file with the California Department of Education. The school official may not be a relative unless your school has a current R-4 or statement in lieu of the affidavit
    • Shows your printed name and birth date
    • Has attached a recent, recognizable, individual photograph of you with the school seal or the signature of the school official across a portion of the photograph
    • Has been signed by you in ink in the presence of the school official

    You will be required to sign the letter again on the test day in the presence of the testing staff. You may use the school identification letter template (PDF - 106KB - 1p) that must be printed out on your school's letterhead.

If you do not have one of the acceptable forms of identification described above with you when you arrive at the test site, you will not be admitted to the testing session. You will be counted as an absentee, and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

Unacceptable Forms of Identification

Only the forms of identification described above are acceptable. Unacceptable forms of identification include the following, regardless of whether or not they include your photo:

  • Amusement park pass
  • Ski pass
  • Membership card (e.g., health club, club store)
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Credit card
  • Traffic ticket
  • Police report documenting a stolen wallet
  • Yearbook
  • Notarized statement
  • Photocopied identification

Your parents, guardians, siblings or friends may not present identification on your behalf.