What is the acceptable identification for testing in an international test center?



The only acceptable identification for international centers is a passport. The passport must be valid (not expired) with a signature and photograph. All passports must be in English and signed in English.

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 examination.  This is a federal requirement by The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.  As of June 2010, the countries on the U.S. economic and trade sanctions list are Iran and Cuba.

Testing at a domestic PPC
In order to be admitted to the NCLEX examination, candidates who are testing at a Pearson Professional Center (PPC) within the U.S.* and hold a passport from a sanctioned country, must present one of the following:

  • Passport from the sanctioned country with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) stamp (temporary I-1551), (endorsement by INS in a passport to show admission for permanent residence)
  • Passport from the sanctioned country along with a U.S. Permanent residence Card (Green Card)
  • U.S. driver’s license/U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)

Testing at an international PPC
In order to be admitted to the NCLEX examination, candidates who are testing at an international PPC and 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.  Candidates testing internationally who reside in a non-sanctioned country can only present a passport as a form of identification.



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