HiSET® Identification (ID) Requirements

Note: The ID requirements below are ETS's requirements. Your state may have additional ID requirements or policies. For more information, contact your test center or check your state 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
  • show your full name
  • meet state ID requirements for the state in which you are testing

Additionally, the name you use when creating your account and scheduling your appointment must exactly match what it is on the ID you will present on test day at the test center. See "The Name You Use When Creating Your Account" below for more information.

Primary ID Requirements

The following ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test center

  • Passport
  • Government-issued driver's license or temporary license
  • State ID card (including those issued by the motor vehicle agencies)
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

Supplemental ID Documents

You should provide a supplemental ID if the test center administrator questions the primary ID document you have provided.

  • Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve last name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens and accents) the name on your registration confirmation.
  • The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:
    • Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Primary ID Documents earlier in this section).
    • Student ID card.

Unacceptable ID Documents

The following documents are not acceptable as primary or supplemental ID under any circumstances:

  • Any document that is photocopied
  • 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

Driver's License Renewals

If your driver's license has expired but you present it along with your original Department of Public Safety renewal certificate, these two documents together are acceptable if the names on both documents match exactly. If you are issued a temporary paper license in lieu of a renewal certificate, it is acceptable only if it is accompanied by a supplemental ID.

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, the license can be used as supplemental ID along with your U.S. Military ID. Depending on the state, the extension or deferral may consist of either a sticker affixed to 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 driver's license is valid until a specific time period after discharge from service.

The Name You Use When Creating Your Account

  • The name you use when you create your account — and the spelling of that name — must exactly match (excluding accents) the name printed on the identification (ID) documents that you will present on the day of the test. If it does not, you may be prohibited from taking the test or your test scores may be canceled after you take the test.
  • Be sure to provide your entire first (given) name (excluding accents). Do not register under a nickname or using only an initial as your first name. If you use an initial as your first name, please contact your test center for assistance.
  • You must supply your entire last (family/surname) name. If you have a two-part last name, be sure to supply your complete last name as it appears on the ID documents (excluding accents) that you will present on the day of the test.
  • If you do not have a last or surname, enter your Given Name as your first name and again as your last or surname.

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