Testing identification requirements

All test takers will be required to present a valid and acceptable form of identification prior to being admitted to their exam session. Subject to this policy, the Testing Center staff has discretion for determining the validity of any ID presented.

General rules for identification

The following rules apply to all identification documents:

  • Must be an original document (photographs, copies, scans, faxes and emails of documents are not acceptable)
  • Must bear the test taker’s full name, in Latin characters, as it appears on the test taker’s registration
  • Must bear a recent, recognizable photograph the clearly resembles the test taker
  • Must not be expired
  • Must be issued by a valid government authority or educational institution

Acceptable and unacceptable identification

  • Acceptable ID for University students taking University course exams

    University of Nevada, Reno students taking exams for their University courses are required to present their WolfCard when checking in for their exam. Students can obtain a WolfCard on the first floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 001.

  • Acceptable ID for all other test takers

    Individuals taking exams for all other purposes must present a valid government-issued photo ID when checking in for their exam. Examples of acceptable ID include the following:

    • Driver's license
    • State identification card
    • Tribal identification card
    • National identity card
    • Passport
    • U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC)
    • Uniformed Services ID Card
  • Unacceptable identification

    The following are examples of unacceptable identifcation at the Testing Center:

    • Employee ID card (exception: WolfCard is valid for University faculty and staff)
    • Social Security card
    • Birth certificate
    • Letter or email of identification written on behalf of the test taker, or telephone calls to the Testing Center
    • ID of a parent or guardian
    • School yearbook photo, report card, or diploma
    • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse
    • Traffic ticket
    • Fitness center or shopping club membership card
    • Hunting or fishing license
    • Utility bill
    • Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text illegible or any part of the photograph unrecognizable

Third-party exams and identification

Third-party exam sponsors often have stricter or more specific ID requirements, which supersede this policy if a conflict exists. Individuals taking third-party sponsored exams are encouraged to verify their exam sponsor’s identification requirements prior to coming to the Testing Center.