Valid Identification for MCAT Examinees

You’re ready for the MCAT exam. You’ve studied, reviewed, practiced, and practice some more. You’re ready! But is your ID?

When you arrive on test day, the identification you present must meet certain criteria before you can even be allowed into the testing room. Remember: An acceptable form of identification must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The first and last name(s) on your ID (that you will use on test day) must EXACTLY MATCH the name(s) and name order in your MCAT registration.  Middle names and initials are not required on the MCAT registration, even if they appear on your ID. If you registered using a partial name, nickname, or any derivation of the name that appears on your official ID (including misspellings), you will not be admitted to the testing room.
  • An acceptable ID must meet all of the following conditions:
    • The ID was issued by a government agency
    • The ID's expiration date is printed on the ID and is not extended by a sticker or similar mechanism
    • The ID's expiration date is after your exam date
      • If your ID will expire before your scheduled test date, you're responsible for obtaining an updated ID prior to your exam. Account for the processing time of government agencies when selecting an exam date.
    • The ID includes your visible signature, which you will be asked to duplicate on test day
    • The ID contains a photo that can be used to positively identify you
    • The ID is tangible and whole, with no evidence of tampering (clipped corners, holes, etc.)
    • The ID is in English


  • The Test Administrator (TA) cannot accept:
    • Passport card
      • Does not have a signature 
    • Paper ID or ID application receipt of any kind
      • Cannot be validated
    • Credit card
      • Not issued by a government agency
    • Veterans ID (VIC)
      • Does not have a signature
    • Birth certificate 
      • Does not have a photo
    • Social securty card
      • Does not have a photo
    • Virtual or digital ID
      • Cannot be validated
    • School ID
      • Not issued by a government agency
    • Temporary ID, ID with extension sticker or renewal paperwork, or ID application receipt of any kind, as we are unable to validate authenticity.
      • Exception: Military personnel and dependents stationed outside their home state may present a state-issued driver's license with extension stickers or paperwork that meets all other MCAT-accepted ID conditions along with their unexpired Uniformed Services ID card. 
      • Exception: If your ID has the word "temporary" printed on it due to your current status within the country, you must contact AAMC Services for instructions prior to the SILVER ZONE scheduling deadline associated with your appointment. Your temporary ID will only be accepted on exam day if the AAMC preapproved the exception. 
    • Employee ID
      • Even if issued by a government agency, it will not be accepted
    • Library card (including those issued by government agencies).
      • Cannot be validated 

Keep Calm and Carry the Proper ID!

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