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Acceptable forms of identification (ID)

The table below provides detailed descriptions of acceptable identification.

Universally Accepted Forms of Candidate Identification for candidates testing inside or outside their country of citizenship (must be in Roman characters).

  • Passport

Primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired)

  • Passport
  • Japan Citizen Registration card (Jyumin Kihon Daicho )
  • Government-issued driver's license, including temporary licenses with all required elements
  • National/state/country identification card
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)
  • Government-issued local language ID (plastic card with photo and signature)
  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Credit card

(A credit card can be used as a primary form of ID only if it contains both a photo and a signature and is not expired. Any credit card can be used as a secondary form of ID, as long as it contains a signature and is not expired. This includes major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. It also includes department store and gasoline credit cards.)

NOTES:
In Japan: a driver’s license is permitted as a primary ID because it is government issued.  As it does not have a signature, the secondary ID must have a signature (e.g. credit card).

In Korea: the Korean National Identity card is acceptable as a primary ID because it is government issued. As it does not have a signature, the secondary ID must have a signature (e.g. credit card).

Secondary ID (signature, not expired)

  • Any form of ID on the Primary list
  • Credit cards with no photo
  • Japan Health Insurance card (blue)

(This is an acceptable form of secondary identification, although it does not have a signature. If used, the candidate must show a primary ID with a signature.)

  • Alien ID with no photo