What Is a Valid Form of Identification for the SAT?

Acceptable SAT IdentificationImagine arriving to take the SAT only to find that you didn’t bring a valid form of ID. As crazy as it sounds, it happens all the time. Yes, students do forget their identification, and YES, you will be denied entrance if you don’t have a valid form of identification on you. If you think you’ll be able to sweet talk the proctor into letting you sit for the SAT, just read up on some of the cheating scandals of the past few years. They need to know that you’re who you say you are, period.

Fortunately, it’s pretty cut and dry in terms of what is considered a valid form of SAT identification. Any of the following is an acceptable form of identification that will be accepted on test day:

  • Government-issued driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • Official school-produced student-identification card from your current schooll
  • Government-issued passport
  • Government-issued military or national identification card
  • A College Board Student ID Form, which must be prepared by your school ahead of time (or notarized if you are homeschooled)
  • Talent Identification Program ID or Authorization to Test form (allowed for grades seven and eight only; no photo required)

The following are not acceptable forms of SAT identification on test day:

  • Any document that is photocopied or
  • Any document that does not bear a recent recognizable photograph that clearly matches the test-taker
  • Any document that does not bear your name in roman English characters exactly as it appears on the Admission Ticket
  • Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text on the ID card illegible or renders any part of the photograph unrecognizable
  • Any document that appears tampered with or altered
  • Credit or debit card (even one with a photograph)
  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • Employee ID card
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Missing Child (“ChildFind”) ID card
  • Any temporary ID card

Your best bet is to simply make sure that you show up with one of the items from that first list. If you need more guidance, keep in mind these additional rules laid out by The College Board:

  • The name on the ID and your current name must match exactly.
  • If the test administration staff questions the ID you present, you may be required to provide additional ID. If you don’t have any additional forms of identification, you may be asked to leave the test center.
  • If you leave the test center to obtain identification and get back too late, test center staff may be unable to admit you to take the SAT. Proctors are not required to hold your seat if you leave the center to obtain acceptable SAT identification.
  • getting into a test center once with a particular form of ID is no guarantee that the same form of identification will be accepted in the future. “But you guys said it was okay last time!” is not a winning argument.
  • Admission to the test center is no guarantee that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. You could get into a test center and take the SAT, but then find out later that your score was thrown out because of suspicions about your identity.
  • The whole time you are at the test center, you need to be able to prove who you are. You may be required to show your ID and Admission Ticket and/or sign a test center log multiple times and at various points throughout the test administration.
  • No refunds! If you are dismissed from the test center before you finish the SAT because of invalid or unacceptable ID, or you fail to comply with these ID requirements and policies, your SAT registration fee will not be refunded.

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By Scott Shrum. He says his driver’s license makes him look like a criminal.

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