Valid Identification for MCAT® Examinees

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

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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

    • Your ID must not be expired

      • 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 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) can accept:

    • State driver's license (with all above requirements)

    • Passport (with all above requirements)

    • Passport card

    • Permanent resident card (green card)

    • Employment Authorization Document 

    • Canada health card (Ontario and British Columbia ONLY)

    • Consular ID card

    • Canadian aviation card

  • The Test Administrator (TA) cannot accept:

    • Paper ID or ID application receipt of any kind

    • Credit card

    • Veterans ID (VIC)

    • Birth certificate 

    • Social security card

    • Virtual or digital ID

    • School ID

    • IDs with extension stickers 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. 

    • Employee ID

    • Library card (including those issued by government agencies)

Use the MCAT ID chart to check that your chosen form of identification meets test day requirements.

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