Name Changes/ID Information

To take any NCCPA exam, examinees must present two forms of ID at the testing center; a primary and secondary ID or two primary IDs.

Please keep the following in mind regarding acceptable and unacceptable IDs:

  • All IDs must contain the examinee's pre-printed name.
  • All IDs must contain the examinee's signature in the designated signature area. An ID that is not already signed cannot be signed at the test center and used as acceptable ID.
  • All IDs must be valid (not expired). IDs are considered to be valid (not expired) as long as they do not contain an expiration date that has passed. If there is no expiration date on an ID, it is considered to be valid.
  • Primary IDs must contain a permanently affixed photo of the examinee.
  • All IDs must be an original document (not a photocopy or fax).
  • First and last names on the IDs presented must match the name in NCCPA and Pearson VUE's databases. However, we will accept a first name initial if the middle name is spelled out and matches.
  • More than one difference in a name is not acceptable.
  • If a candidate presents an ID that is expired or invalidated (for example if corner of the ID has been clipped) it may be accepted as long as it meets the other ID requirements and is accompanied by paperwork indicating that the candidate has filed for a renewal. The renewal paperwork does not need to have a photograph and signature.
  • Grace periods are not recognized. For example, if an examinee's driver's license expired yesterday and the state allows a 30 day grace period for renewing the license, the ID is considered to be invalid.
  • The most common difference of a middle name or initial on one and not on the other; or a middle initial on one and a middle name on the other are acceptable differences.

The following are a list of examples of acceptable forms of ID:

Primary ID

The primary ID must be a valid (not expired) original document (not a photocopy or fax) and contain a permanently affixed photo of the examinee, along with the candidate's pre-printed name and their signature.

Acceptable examples (as long as they meet the above criteria) are:

  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Naturalization Papers
  • International Driver's License issued by Government
  • Employee ID
  • State issued ID

Secondary ID

The secondary ID must be a valid (not expired) original document (not a photocopy or fax) and contain the examinee's pre-printed name and their signature.

Acceptable examples (as long as they meet the required criteria) are:

  • Driver's License
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID
  • Social Security card
  • Credit Card

The following are the guidelines for what name differences will and will not be accepted. However, they must also meet the criteria above.

  DifferenceAcceptable

Frank H. Jones

Frank H. Jones, Jr.

Suffix difference

Yes

E. Smith

Elizabeth Smith

First name on one, first initial on the other

No

J. Mary Doe

Mary Doe

First initial, no first name

No

Lisa Mcdonald

Lisa McDonald

Capitalization difference

Yes

Christina M. Jones

Christina Marie Jones

Middle name on one and middle initial on the other

Yes

Christina M. Jones

Christina Jones

Middle initial on one; no middle name or initial on the other

Yes

Christina Marie Jones

Christina Jones

Middle name on one; no middle name or initial on the other

Yes

James O'Connell

James OConnell

Apostrophe difference

Yes

W. Jerry Smith

William Jerry Smith

First name on one first initial on the other

Yes

Christina M. Jones

C.M. Jones

First name on one and two initials on the other

No

Christina M. Jones

Christina L. Jones

Different middle initials

No

Christina M.L. Jones

Christina M. Jones

Two middle initials on one and one on the other

Yes

Christina M.L. Jones

Christina Jones

Two middle initials on one and none on the other

Yes

Christina Mayor-Jones

Christina Mayer-Jones

One letter difference

Yes

Christina M. Jones

Christina Mayer-Jones

Hyphenated name vs. part of hyphenated name & initial

Yes

Christina Mayer-Jones

Christina Mayer

Part of hyphenated name on one & hyphenated name on other

Yes

Christina Mayer-Jones

Christina Mayer Jones

Hyphenation difference

Yes

Sandra M. Jones

Sandy M. Jones

Nick name on one full name on the other

No

Maria J. Jones Martin

Maria Jones Martin

Middle initial missing with two middle names

Yes

Maria Jane Jones Martin

Maria Jones Martin

One name missing if at least two names match

Yes

James Johnson

James Johmson

One letter difference if only two names are shown

No

Donald Alexander

Donald Alexandre

Letters swapped

No

Mary Elizabeth Smith

Mary Smith Jones

Maiden name on one but middle name on the other

No

Sarah Johns-Wells

Sarah Wells

Part of hyphenated name on one and not the other

Yes

Russell Evan

Evan Russell

First and last names reversed

Yes

Evan Russell Stanley

Evan Stanley Russell

Three names not in matching order

Yes

Satveer G.

G. Satveer

Initial and name reversed

No

Satveer G.

Satveer Gupta

Last name initial versus last name

No

J. P. Jones

John Peter Jones

Two initials versus two names

No

Madonna

Madonna Ciccone

One name on one and two names on the other

No

Maria Alonzo Gonzales Roberta Garcia

Maria Alonzo Garcia

All names do not appear but first and last name match exactly

Yes

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzeneg

Name truncated (shortened) to fit into field

Yes

Jo Ann Smith

JoAnn Smith

Typo: extra space in first name

Yes

MaryAnn Schmidt

Mary Ann Schmidt

Spacing

Yes

Lisa McDonald

Lisa Mc Donald

Spacing

Yes

MaryAnne Wells

Maryann Wells

Capitalization and one letter difference

Yes