GACE® Paraprofessional Assessment: Identification (ID) Requirements

Information for All Test Takers

You are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable identification when you report for testing. It is your responsibility to bring the correct documents and ensure that they are up-to-date on the day of the test.

  • If the test administrator questions the ID you present, you may be required to provide supplemental ID. If positive confirmation cannot be made, you may not be permitted to test or your test score may be withheld.
  • All test takers are encouraged to bring at least two forms of acceptable ID each time they report to a test site. Prior admission to a test site based on a given ID document does not ensure that that document will be considered acceptable. Test sites are not required to hold your seat if you leave the site to obtain acceptable identification.
  • Admission to the test site does not ensure that the ID you provided is valid or that your scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable ID are subject to review and approval by the ETS Office of Testing Integrity either during or after the test administration. ETS reserves the right to withhold and/or cancel scores in the event that the ID requirements set forth herein are not met.
  • You may be required to show your ID and/or to sign a test site log at the test administration.
  • Your test fees will not be refunded if you are not permitted to test or if your scores are withheld or canceled because of invalid or unacceptable ID.

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ID Document 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, and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • be a government-issued national/state/province identity card that is recognized by the country in which the test taker is a citizen or permanent resident
  • be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
  • bear your legal name
  • bear a recent photograph that clearly looks like you
  • bear your signature (the name and signature on the ID documents must match)

See Unacceptable ID Documents.

See Exceptions and Requirements if:

  • you are testing outside your country of citizenship
  • you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are testing within the United States
  • you are in the U.S. military
  • you are unable to meet ID requirements
  • you have any questions about the acceptability of your ID document(s)

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Acceptable Primary ID Documents

The following government-issued ID documents are acceptable for admission to a test site within your country of citizenship:

  • Passport
  • Passport card (U.S. only; must be accompanied by a supplemental ID)
  • Driver's license
  • State or Province ID card (including those issued by motor vehicle agencies)
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

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Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents

  • You may be required to provide a supplemental ID if the test administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if your primary ID document is otherwise valid and acceptable but does not bear your full name, photograph, or signature. If you cannot provide a supplemental ID that contains your signature, you may present two government-issued ID's as long as they are in the same name you used when you registered.

The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:

  • Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Acceptable Primary ID documents)
  • Student ID card
  • Confirmation of identity letter from your educational institution. This letter must be typed or printed on the original letterhead of the educational institution you attend(ed) and, in addition to meeting all of the ID document requirements, must include your date of birth and the date issued. Additionally, a school official's signature and the school seal must be present and both must overlap your photograph. Such letters are valid for only one year from the date issued.

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Unacceptable ID Documents

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

  • Any document that is photocopied or expired
  • Any document presented at the test center on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • 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
  • Employee ID card
  • Temporary ID
  • Diplomatic, consulate, or embassy ID card (e.g., Mexican Matricula Consular card)
  • Voter registration card
  • Any document that is not recognized by a governmental agency

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Exceptions and Requirements

Testing Outside Your Country of Citizenship/U.S. Non-Citizen Testing Within the United States

  • You must present a valid passport that meets all of the ID document requirements.
  • If you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are testing within the U.S., you must present a passport that meets all of the ID document requirements.
  • If your passport is not written in English-language letters, you must also present at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents. This document must also contain your name, a recent, recognizable photo, and be in English.
  • Diplomatic and embassy ID cards cannot be used as primary identification in place of a passport.
  • The following documents can be used in place of a passport if presented along with at least one of the documents listed under Acceptable Supplemental ID Documents.
    • Permanent Resident Card/Resident Alien Card
    • Temporary Resident Card
    • Employment Authorization Card
    • Mexican Border Crosser Card (This form of ID may be accepted only at test sites within 25 miles of the Mexican border.)

U.S. Military

  • If your military ID does not contain your signature, you must present 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 a 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 with 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.

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Unable to Meet ID Requirements

If you have been granted political asylum, have refugee status, or are otherwise unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least seven days before registering to test. You must receive approval from OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact OTI before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.

ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)

Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET (except for U.S. holidays)

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Questions About ID Documents

For general questions about acceptable ID, call ETS Customer Service at:

  • 1-855-225-7178 (United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada)
  • 1-609-359-5161 (all other locations)

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