CompTIA and Pearson VUE abide by strict adherence to the outlined identification (ID) requirements to maintain exam security and prevent exam fraud. See the full details on CompTIA's Candidate ID Policy page.
General ID Requirements
- You are required to present two forms of original (no photo copies), valid (unexpired) IDs:
- A primary ID must be government issued with your name, recent recognizable photo and signature.
- A secondary ID with at least your name and signature, or your name and recent recognizable photo.
- Your first and last name on the forms of ID you'll present on exam day must exactly match the first and last name you used to register for the exam.
- All IDs required must be issued by the country in which you are testing.
- If you do not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country where you are testing, an International Travel Passport from your country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.
- Expired IDs are not accepted.
At an In-Person Test Center
When you arrive at the test center, you must provide a valid and current photo ID meeting the requirements outlined above. In addition, your photograph will be taken and you will need to provide your signature to help prevent exam fraud. All Pearson VUE test centers are equipped with webcams and electronic signature pads.
For OnVUE Online Testing
By law, certain IDs must not be photocopied, digitized, or captured on camera. Because of this, Pearson VUE cannot accept restricted IDs (including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) or certain secure access IDs) as identification for online testing. Therefore, U.S. military issued IDs cannot be used for ID verification with Pearson’s OnVUE online testing service under any circumstance.
ID Exception for Minors/Students (17 years of age and under):
- Pertains to minors/students who only have one form of photo ID (school ID is permitted).
- At in-person test centers, the minor/student needs to be accompanied by an adult who has proper government-issued ID. The adult needs to sign next to the minor/student on the log in sheet to verify the student's identity.
- For OnVUE online testing, a parent or guardian must present their own ID during check-in and give consent for the minor test-taker to be recorded. If they have one, the minor must also present a government-issued ID. If they do not, a student ID will suffice.
- The minor/student must have guardian authorization for each testing event.