Acceptable ID

Name

The first and last name printed on your identification must match exactly the first and last name printed on your Authorization to Test (ATT) email. If the name with which you registered is different from the name on your identification, you must bring legal name-change documentation to the test center on the day of the test.

The only acceptable forms of legal name-change documentation are the following: 

  • marriage license 
  • divorce decree and/or court action legal name change documents. 

All documents must contain the name change in Roman characters and be the original copies. Candidates wishing to make a legal name change, address change or email address change must contact their board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB). This cannot be done at the test center.

If the name on your ID and ATT email do not match, you will be turned away and will have to reregister and pay another exam fee

Identification Requirements

When you arrive at the test center, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification. If you arrive at the test center without acceptable identification, you will be turned away and required to reregister and pay another exam fee. If you paid the additional international scheduling fee, that will be forfeited as well.

All forms of identification must be valid (non-expired), government-issued identification containing the following information:

  • Name (in Roman characters)
  • Recent photograph
  • Signature

Examples of acceptable forms of identification for domestic test centers are:

  • Passport books and cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Provincial/Territorial or state identification card
  • Permanent residence card
  • Military identification card

The only identifications acceptable for international test centers are:

  • Passport books and cards

Temporary identification (examples include limited term IDs and any ID reading “temp” or “temporary”) is only acceptable if it meets the required elements stated above.

Definitions of Domestic and International Test Centers

Identification from a U.S. Sanctioned (Embargoed) Country

Due to U.S. trade restrictions, candidates who indicate that they live in a sanctioned country are unable to be admitted to sit for the NCLEX. This is a federal requirement by The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Currently, the country on the U.S. economic and trade sanctions list is Cuba.

In order to be admitted to the NCLEX, candidates who hold a passport from a sanctioned country must also present proof of residency (government issued identification) from a non-sanctioned country. This only applies to candidates presenting a passport from a sanctioned country.