UCAT Photo ID Policy

The information below is currently under review for 2021 and is therefore subject to change.

When you check-in at the test centre you are required to present one piece of official photographic identification from the list of permitted ID below that meets the requirements of the country where you are testing.  You must present the original ID (not a photocopy or digital ID). 

The name on your ID must exactly match the name in your web account profile and in your appointment confirmation email, otherwise your ID will not be accepted.  There are some exceptions to this detailed in the Pearson VUE name matching policy.  You must contact Pearson VUE Customer Services at least 5 working days before your appointment to make any name corrections. 

Candidates may present one of the following forms of photo ID; no other form of ID is permitted.

PASSPORT

An original, valid and signed passport that contains a recognisable photo is accepted at ANY test centre.

  • When presenting a child passport, the photograph must be recent enough that you can easily be identified.

  • If the passport does not include your visible signature, it will ONLY be accepted if presented together with a valid (unexpired) bankcard that has your printed name and visible signature.  This also applies in the case of child passports signed by a parent.

PHOTO-CARD DRIVER’S LICENCE 

A government-issued original, valid and signed licence that contains a recognisable photo is ONLY accepted at test centres in the country of issue.

  • Full or provisional licences are accepted. 

  • Regional differences are acceptable.

  • If the licence does not include your visible signature, it will ONLY be accepted if presented together with a valid (unexpired) bankcard that has your printed name and visible signature.

EU IDENTITY CARD or IRISH PASSPORT CARD

A government-issued original, valid and signed EU identity card or Irish passport card that contains a recognisable photo is ONLY accepted at test centres in the EU.

  • Information on the card must be presented in Roman script as well as the original character set.  For example, a Greek identity card will have Greek and Roman characters to be permitted.

  • If the card does not include your visible signature, it will ONLY be accepted if presented together with a valid (unexpired) bankcard that has your printed name and visible signature.

GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTITY CARD FROM A NON-EU COUNTRY

A government-issued original, valid and signed identity card from a non-EU country that contains a recognisable photo is ONLY accepted at test centres in the country of issue.

  • Information on the card can be presented in Roman script or local language.

  • If the card does not include your visible signature, it will ONLY be accepted if presented together with a valid (unexpired) bankcard that has your printed name and visible signature.

Alternative ID for candidates testing in a UK Test Centre

If you are taking the test in the UK and cannot present one of the permitted forms of ID above, there is a fall back solution for some candidates.  Please refer to this guidance


Candidates who cannot meet the Test Centre Photo ID Policy

If you cannot obtain a permitted form of ID or you want to check whether your ID will be accepted please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services at least 5 working days before your test appointment for advice. 

If you arrive without the correct ID, you will not be allowed to test.  You will lose your test fee and you will have to pay for a new test slot on another day. This will be difficult towards the end of testing when the availability of test slots is limited.  We take the security of the test very seriously, therefore test centre staff have no discretion to waive or vary the ID rules.

Transport passes, library cards and student/employer ID cards WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstance.