The submission of authentic ID documents is required for taking the GMAT exam. If you are unable to present an authentic document on the day of your exam, you may be barred from taking the test and your GMAT fees will be forfeited. To appear for the GMAT test again, you will have to re-apply by registering again and paying the fees.

On the day of your test, examiners verify the provided ID Proofs and authenticate the name and other details printed on it. Hence, the documentation provided must be current and valid. The ID proof must not have expired on or before the date of the exam. Furthermore, acknowledgements or letters of renewal are not acceptable to compensate for any discrepancies between the spellings of your names printed on the ID proof and the ones you mention on the registration form. 

Here are a few  documents which can be used as ID proof for GMAT in India:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • National, state or provincial ID cards
  • Military ID cards

A passport is a mandatory GMAT exam ID proof, particularly  if the test centre is outside the country of your origin. In some cases, your passport might be the only acceptable ID even if you are taking the test in your own country.

All forms of ID must include your name and date of birth in the same way as you have mentioned it in your GMAT application form, it should also contain a recent and recognizable photograph and signature. If your ID document provides insufficient or doubtful information, you might be asked to show a second document (from the list above) to fill out the missing information.

The following documents that are NOT accepted as proof of your identity for the GMAT test:

  • Expired IDs
  • Temporary-issue IDs such as Passport cards or acknowledgements
  • Social security cards
  • Draft classification cards
  • Credit cards
  • Employee or student IDs
  • Letters from your university or college
  • IDs with physical descriptions instead of photos
  • Photocopies of documents

If you have any doubts about the validity of your identifying documents, make sure you contact the GMAT customer service before you register for the exam. This is recommended so that you avoid any unnecessary last-minute issues on the day of your exam. As mentioned earlier, you may not be allowed to write the exam if any of the ID proofs you provide are not adhering to the GMAC’s policies pertaining to test-taker authentication.

All in all, make sure you know well in advance the document that qualifies for GMAT registration in your country. If you’re taking the test in India then you’ll be glad to learn that GMAC has announced changes to the GMAT registration process. Previously, only passports qualified as authentic ID proof for registration but  now you can use your AADHAR cards as ID proof to take GMAT in India.

Now that you know what ID proof you need to take to the exam, you’re better positioned to plan your GMAT registration and also ensure that you face no challenges on the day of your test. Remember that your Aadhar card and passport are the most essential ID proof for GMAT in India. 


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