LSAC changes ID requirements for the LSAT


    LSAC has changed the ID requirements for students taking the LSAT within the U.S. and in the Caribbean. In the past, students taking the test in the U.S. or the Caribbean were fingerprinted on the day of the test; said fingerprint was put on their admissions ticket. Starting with the June 2011 LSAT, however, students will no longer be fingerprinted, and will instead need to attach what sounds very similar to a passport picture to their admissions ticket.

    From the LSAC site:
    … all candidates must attach to their ticket a recent photograph (taken within the last six months) showing only the face and shoulders. The photograph must be clear enough so there is no doubt about the test taker's identity, and must be no larger than 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) and no smaller than 1 x 1 inch (3 x 3 cm). Your face in the photo must show you as you look on the day of the test (for example, with or without a beard). The photograph will be retained by LSAC only as long as needed to assure the authenticity of test scores and to protect the integrity of the testing process.

    Students will need to bring this photograph with them on the day of the test. This photograph requirement is in addition to the other ID requirements already in place by LSAC (which you can see here). This new policy does not affect students taking the test outside the U.S. or Caribbean, since these students were already required to bring in a photograph.

    This update is particularly important to students who have taken the LSAT in the past, and may not know that the policies have changed since they last sat for the test. No exceptions will be made to this new policy; as per LSAC: "If you do not present both acceptable identification and the required photograph, you will be denied entrance to the testing room." Don't get barred from taking the test because of a technicality--make sure you have everything you need for the day of the test!