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Identification Requirements for the GRE® General Test

If you do not bring valid and acceptable ID, or if the first and last name on your ID does not exactly match the name on your registration (excluding accents), you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will not be refunded.

When you register for a GRE® General Test, you will be required to provide identification (ID) information. You must enter your first and last name exactly as it appears on the primary identification document (excluding accents) that you plan to present at the test center. You have the option to include your middle initial, but it is not a requirement. See The Name You Use When Registering. You cannot use a supplemental ID to resolve name discrepancies.

All test takers are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification 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 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 and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • be a government-issued national/state/province identity card that is recognized by the country in which you are a citizen or permanent resident
  • be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
  • 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)

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.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:

  • Residents of Mainland China MUST present a valid Second Generation National Resident ID with name, photograph and signature.*
  • Residents of Taiwan must present their Travel Permit to Mainland China.
  • Residents of Hong Kong and Macau must present their Travel Permit to Mainland China.

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

If you are testing outside your country of citizenship

  • Citizens from all other countries and locations must present a valid passport.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present as supplemental ID at least one of the documents listed under Supplemental ID Documents. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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

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
  • Government-issued driver’s license with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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 with name, photgraph and signature. If your travel permit does not include your signature, you must also present at least one supplemental ID document. This document must also include your name, a recent, recognizable photo and be in English.
  • 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.

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

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
  • SMART National Identity Card (SNIC) with name, photograph and signature*

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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

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

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

You must present a valid passport with your name, photograph and signature as your primary ID. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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 may use your employer-sponsored Iqama Residence Identification along with a supplemental ID that includes your name, photograph and signature. You must present two forms of identification.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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.
  • 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
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:

  • Passport with name, photograph and signature
  • National ID, including the Emirates Identity Card, 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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.
  • 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
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center within your country of citizenship:

  • Passport with name, photograph and signature
  • Passport Card with name, photograph and signature (must be accompanied by an acceptable supplemental ID)
  • National ID with name, photograph and signature
  • Government-issued driver's license with name, photograph and signature (including provisional driver’s license).
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship

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.
  • 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.
  • Diplomatic or embassy IDs cannot be used in place of a passport.

Acceptable Documents if Presented with Supplemental ID

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

  • Permanent resident card/Resident alien card
  • Temporary resident card
  • Employment authorization card
  • Mexican border crosser card (This form of ID may be accepted only at test centers within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)

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 until 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 two documents together can be accepted if the names match exactly. If you have a temporary paper license in lieu of a renewal certificate, that is acceptable only if it is accompanied by an acceptable supplemental ID.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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 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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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 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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

Testing in Canada and Not a Canadian Citizen

If you are not a Canadian citizen and cannot present a passport, you can be admitted with one of the following alternative ID documents. If the alternative document is missing your photo or signature, it must be presented along with a secondary ID, such as a driver's license, student ID card, letter of identity from a school or sponsoring agency, or Canadian Health Card.

  • Record of Landing/Permanent Resident Card (IMM1000)
  • Notice of Decision (for a Convention Refugee) or Refugee Protection Claimant Document (IMM1442)

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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.
  • Residents of China must present their Travel Permit to Taiwan.
  • 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.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • 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

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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, Arab States of the Gulf(GCC) or Mercosur 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 and 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.
  • 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 and recognizable photograph, and be in English.
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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

Acceptable Primary ID Documents

Testing Within Your Country of Citizenship

The following government-issued 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
  • Government-issued driver's license with name, photograph and signature. If your driver’s license is expired and you have been issued a renewal certificate receipt, these two together are acceptable as long as the name on the expired driver’s license and the name on the renewal certificate are the same.
  • State or Province ID card, including those issued by motor vehicle agencies with name, photograph and signature
  • Military ID with name, photograph and signature

If your primary ID does not contain a signature, you can present a supplemental ID with photo and signature or a supplemental government-issued ID with a photograph, as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

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 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
  • Diplomatic and embassy IDs cannot be used as primary identification in place of passports.

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 ID document presented at the center on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • Any document that does not bear your first and last name exactly (excluding accents) as it was used when registering for the test
  • 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
  • Temporary ID (excluding driver's license, resident card and employment authorization card renewals)
  • Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card
  • Any document that is not recognized by a government agency

Unable to Meet ID Requirements

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 seven 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)

Email:
TSReturns@ets.org
Phone:
1-800-750-6991 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET
Fax:
1-609-406-9709

Questions About ID Documents

For general questions about acceptable ID, contact GRE Customer Service.

ID Verification

ID verification during check-in at the test center may include:

  • Biometric voice and photo identification
  • Fingerprinting/thumbprinting
  • Videotaping
  • Signature comparison

If you refuse to participate, you may not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.

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