Imagine 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 SAT ID 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 (keep in mind that they must be unexpired):
Official school-produced student-identification card from your current school (your ID from the previous school year can be used, i.e. your 2018-2019 school ID is valid SAT ID until the end of 2019)
The following are not acceptable forms of SAT identification on test day:
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:
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.
What happens if the SAT ID I use is later discovered to be invalid or false?
To start, your scores will be canceled and your SAT registration and test fees are forfeited. In addition, your parent(s) or guardians, your current school, and any universities or programs you have designated to receive your test scores will be notified. You may also be banned from retaking the SAT in the future, and, if they suspect fraud, the College Board may choose to notify local authorities.
What happens if I don’t have an acceptable form of SAT identification?
Thankfully, if you are under 21 and taking the exam in the United States, there is an option for you. If you do not have one of the above listed forms of accepted SAT ID, you can download Student ID Form (.pdf/122KB). This form must be prepared and authenticated by your current school (or by a notary if you are homeschooled). A current photo must be attached to the form before it is notarized.
What if I’m waitlisted for the test?
In countries where the waitlist system is used, the above requirements for acceptable forms of SAT identification are a little more strict. The government- or school-issued ID you use must be from the country in which you are taking the exam. No passports, national identification cards, or school identification cards will be accepted from foreign governments or schools.
What if I’m taking the SAT and I’m over 21?
The only valid forms of SAT ID for you are government-issued: driver’s license, passport, Global Entry card, military identification, etc. School-issued forms of ID are not valid for SAT identification purposes for test takers 21 or older.
Are there any other restrictions I need to be aware of?
Certain countries have additional requirements for forms of identification that are considered valid for SAT ID purposes:
By Bill Robinson, who is really glad he lost more than 100 pounds before his passport renewal photo.