What identification will I have to show at the test center?

Before being admitted to test, you are required to present both:

  • Acceptable photo identification
  • Your printed ACT admission or standby ticket with your photo printed on it.

The ID you present, including any required signatures, must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction, and your name must be in English. School ID that is printed (e.g., from a website) or not in a hard card format is not acceptable.

If your appearance has changed and you do not have acceptable photo ID that matches your current appearance, you may use the ACT Student Identification Letter (with current photo). Questions about ID policy should be directed to ACT Student Services.


Acceptable forms of identification:

Only the following forms of identification are acceptable. If it is not on this list, it is not acceptable, and you will not be admitted to test.

  • Current (valid) official photo ID: Must be issued by your school or city/state/federal government (such as driver's license or passport) on which both your first and last names and photo appear. The names on your photo ID must match the names you provided when you registered for the ACT.
  • ACT Student Identification Letter with Photo: You must present the ACT Student Identification Letter.  Download the letter here. It must be completed by a school official or notary public. The official or notary may not be a relative. All items must be completed.  
  • ACT Talent Search Identification Letter: If you are participating in an academic talent search program and were not required to submit a photo with your registration you must present your ACT Talent Search Identification Letter.

If you are participating in an academic talent search program and were required to submit a photo when you registered, you must present either a current official photo ID or an ACT Student Identification Letter with Photo.

If your school- or government-issued ID is not in a hard plastic card format, use an ACT Student Identification letter in lieu of or in addition to your school- or government-issued ID.

Unacceptable Identification:

You will not be admitted if you present any forms of ID other than those listed as acceptable.

The following are examples of unacceptable identification:

  • ACT ticket alone
  • Birth certificate
  • Charge, bank, check cashing, or credit cards with or without photo
  • Diploma
  • Family portrait or graduation picture, even if the name is imprinted on the photo
  • Fishing or hunting license
  • ID issued by an employer
  • ID letter that is not an official ACT identification letter
  • Learner's driving permit (if it doesn't include a photo)
  • Temporary/replacement driver's license (if it doesn't include a photo)
  • Organization membership card
  • Passport or other photo ID so old that the person presenting it cannot be identified
  • Photo ID of parents
  • Photo with your name embossed or printed on it by a photographer
  • Photocopies or reproductions
  • Photos issued by a business for promotional purposes (e.g., amusement parks)
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse
  • Printed, stamped, or photocopied signatures
  • Published photo, including yearbook or newspaper
  • Report card
  • Social Security card
  • Telephone calls to counselors, teachers, or school officials
  • Traffic ticket, even with a physical description and signature
  • Transcript, even with photo
  • Webpage with photo