Test-taker identification requirements
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You must present acceptable photo identification for admission to the test center. You are responsible for understanding and following the SAT Test-Taker Identification Requirements and Policies as they appear online and in the Student Registration Guide. All of the identifying information that you provide during registration, including your photo, will be displayed on your Admission Ticket.
The test center staff will match the information on your Admission Ticket and your photo ID with the test center roster to confirm your registration and identity. You cannot be admitted to the test center if any of the information does not match.
If you need to retrieve an acceptable photo ID during admission to the test center, the staff will not hold your seat while your documents are being retrieved.
Acceptable Identification Documents
You are responsible for bringing an acceptable form of identification each time you report to an SAT test center. ID documents, must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be a valid (unexpired) photo identification that is government-issued or issued by the school that you currently attend. School IDs from the prior school year are valid through December of the current calendar year. (For example, school IDs from 2014-2015 can be used through December 31, 2015.)
- Be an original document (not photocopied).
- Bear your full, legal name that exactly as it appears on your Admission Ticket, including the order of the names.
- Bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches both your appearance on test day and the photo on your Admission Ticket.
- Be in good condition, with clearly legible English language text and a clearly visible photograph.
Note: Not all of these requirements apply to Talent Search Identification documents used by students who are in the eighth grade or below at the time of testing; however, Talent Search Identification Forms must bear an original student/parent signature.
Examples of Acceptable ID include:
- Government-issued driver's license or non-driver ID card
- Official school-produced student-identification card from the school you currently attend
- Government-issued passport
- Government-issued military or national identification card
- Talent Search Identification Forms (allowed for eighth grade and below)
- SAT Student ID Form (must be prepared by the school you currently attend or a notary, if homeschooled)
Examples of Unacceptable ID:
The following documents are not acceptable ID under any circumstances:
- Any document that does not meet the requirements
- Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred, or otherwise damaged
- Any document that appears tampered with or digitally altered
- Any document that bears a statement such as "not valid as identification"
- Credit or debit card of any kind, even one with a photograph
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Employee ID card
- Missing Child (“ChildFind”) ID card
- Any temporary ID card
Important Policies Regarding ID
- Matching Names: You are responsible for ensuring that the name you used to register exactly matches the name on the ID document(s) you will present at the test center. If you need to make a change to your name after registering, please contact Customer Service at least 30 days prior to your intended test date. Middle names and initials are optional on your documents; however, if provided, the middle initial must exactly match the first letter of your middle name on your ID.
- Matching Appearance:: If test administration staff cannot sufficiently authenticate your identification from the ID you present, you may be denied admission to the test center, or your test score may be withheld or canceled.
- Test center staff are not required to hold your seat if you leave the center to obtain acceptable identification.
- Prior admission to a test center based on any particular ID document is no guarantee that the same ID document will be considered acceptable in the future.
- Admission to the test center is no guarantee that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. All reported or suspected cases of questionable ID or test-taker identity are subject to our review and approval before, during, or after the test administration.
- You should keep your ID and Admission Ticket with you at all times while at the test center, including during breaks. You may be required to show your ID and Admission Ticket and/or to sign a test center log multiple times and at various points throughout the test administration.
- If it is discovered after your test administration that you used a false or invalid identification, your test scores will be canceled, and you will forfeit your registration and test fees. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (if you are under 18), your high school, and the colleges and programs you have designated to receive your score reports will be notified and may be told why your scores were canceled. Law enforcement authorities may also be notified when fraud is suspected, and you may be banned from future tests.
- If you fail to comply with these identification requirements and policies, you may be dismissed from the test center and your scores may be withheld or canceled. If you are dismissed from the test center prior to completing the test because of invalid or unacceptable ID, or failure to comply with these ID requirements and policies, your test fees will not be refunded.
Using the SAT Student ID Form
If you do not have another form of acceptable ID you may be able to use the Student ID Form. This form must be prepared and authenticated by the school you currently attend or by a notary if you are homeschooled. A current photo must be attached to the form in the area indicated before the form is notarized. This form is only valid as ID if you are testing in the United States and for test-takers under 21 years of age.
Homeschooled students who do not have a driver's license, passport, or government-issued ID can download and print a Student ID Form to complete and take to a notary public for validation. A current photo must be attached to the form in the area indicated before the form is notarized.
Test-Takers in Waitlist Status
In countries where requests for Waitlist Status are permitted, you must present an acceptable school- or government-issued photo ID that has been issued in the country in which you are testing. Foreign passports, foreign national IDs, or IDs from foreign schools will not be accepted.
Test-Takers Aged 21 or Older
If you will be 21 years of age or older on test day, the only acceptable form of identification is an official government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, which meets all of the requirements as noted under Acceptable Identification Documents. Student ID cards are not valid forms of identification for test-takers aged 21 or older.
Testing in India, Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, and Pakistan
The only acceptable form of identification is a valid passport with your name, photograph, and signature. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Testing in Egypt, Korea, Thailand, or Vietnam
The only acceptable forms of identifications are a valid passport or valid national ID card with your name, photograph, and signature. If you travel to another country to test, you must provide a passport as identification. There are no exceptions to this policy.