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Kirkwood Test Center

Kirkwood Test Center aims to provide the highest quality testing services by maintaining a secure facility, skilled and courteous employees, and positive working relationships with students, faculty, and the public.

All test takers are required to present a valid and acceptable form of identification prior to being admitted to their exam. Subject to this procedure, the Test Center staff have discretion for determining the validity of any ID presented.

General rules for identification

The following rules apply to all identification documents:

  • Must be an original document (photographs, copies, scans, faxes, and emails of documents are not acceptable)
  • Must bear the test taker's full name, in Latin characters, as it appears on the test taker's registration
  • Must bear a recent, recognizable photograph that clearly resembles the test taker
  • Must not be expired
  • Must be issued by a valid government authority or educational institution

Acceptable identification

Kirkwood students taking College course exams

Kirkwood Community College students taking exams for their College courses may present their student ID when checking in for an exam. They may also present any other acceptable form of identification under this procedure.

All other test takers

All other test takes must present a valid government-issued photo ID when checking in for an exam. Examples of acceptable ID include:

  • Driver license
  • State identification card
  • Tribal identification card
  • National identity card
  • Passport
  • U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Uniformed Services ID Card

Unacceptable identification

The following are examples of unacceptable identification at the Test Center:

  • Employee ID card (exception: College faculty and staff may use their employee ID badge)
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Letter or email of identification written on behalf of the test taker, or telephone calls to the Test Center
  • ID of a parent or guardian
  • School yearbook photo, report card, or diploma
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse
  • Traffic ticket
  • Fitness center or shopping club membership card
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Utility bill
  • Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred, or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text illegible or any part of the photograph unrecognizable.

Third-party exams and identification

Third-party exam sponsors often have stricter or more specific ID requirements, which supersede the Test Center's procedures if a conflict exists. Individuals taking third-party sponsored exams are encouraged to verify their exam sponsor's identification requirements prior to coming to the Test Center.