Identification Requirements

Present Acceptable and Valid Identification When You Arrive at Your GMAT Test Center


  • ID requirements vary by country. Check the specific requirements for your test center country.
  • If you arrive to the center without the appropriate identification, there are no exceptions. You will forfeit your exam fee, and you will need to pay the full fee to reschedule.

What are the acceptable forms of ID?

  • International travel passport
    • Always required when testing outside your country of citizenship, even if you hold a government-issued ID from the country you live in.
    • In some cases, a passport is the ONLY acceptable ID, even if you are testing in your country of citizenship.
    • Renewal papers do not make an expired international travel passport valid.
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Government-issued national/state/province identity card (including European ID card)
  • Military ID card

Your ID must be current (not expired*), legible and include:

  • Your name using the Roman alphabet, shown exactly as you provided when you made your test appointment, including the order and placement of the names
  • Date of birth that matches exactly the date provided when you made your test appointment
  • A recent, recognizable photograph
  • Your signature and date of birth

If you cannot provide one form of ID that includes all four of the above elements, you will be required to present a second ID from the list that includes the missing elements.

Learn more about the required identification, and come prepared to your test center:

Video: Presenting Proper Identification

Examples of Unacceptable Forms of Identification

The following forms of identification will not be accepted at your test center:

  • Expired passports or driver’s licenses*
  • Passport cards
  • Social security cards
  • Draft classification cards
  • Credit cards
  • Employee or student IDs
  • Letters from your university or college
  • IDs with physical descriptions in place of photos
  • Photocopies of any form of ID
  • Any other kind of ID that does not meet the requirements described above

If you have questions about ID requirements, contact GMAT Customer Service.

How Does Palm Vein Identification Work?

As part of the check-in process, you will also need to provide your palm vein pattern as proof of identification. The palm vein reader biometric technology ensures that each test taker has a single GMAT record, preventing people from taking the test for others. The palm vein reader is part of an ongoing effort by GMAC to maintain test integrity, to prevent people from taking the test for others, and to ensure that the exam is a fair measure of everyone’s ability.

*We know under the current COVID-19 pandemic, access to some services has been interrupted. As a result, IDs with an expiration date between January 01, 2020 and the date of the exam will be accepted.

The GMAT exam helps you stand out during the admissions process. Take the one business school exam that elevates you from the rest of the pack.

If test centers are closed in your area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consider taking the GMAT Online Exam, an interim, proctored exam that you can take in the comfort of your home.



Back to Top