CIPM Program Identification Policy

A valid international travel passport is the only form of identification accepted for the CIPM Program. This policy establishes one global standard we use to confirm the identity of our candidates.

A valid international travel passport

  • Is issued by a national government which certifies, for the purpose of international travel, your identity and nationality (learn more about unacceptable forms of ID);
  • Is an original document (photocopies are not allowed) and is current (not expired);
  • Contains your name* exactly as it is in your CFA Institute account
    • If your name does not exactly match, you will not be permitted to take the exam and you will forfeit your registration fee. Failure by proctors to detect an invalid ID does not imply the ID is valid or that you will receive an exam result.
    • To change your name you must submit an Name/Identification Change Form (PDF). Processing time is 3–5 business days upon receipt, with the exception of peak exam periods.
  • Is machine readable** (handwritten passports will not be accepted); and
  • Includes a recognizable photograph on the passport data page.

*Acceptable Name Variations

Name on Passport
Name on Pearson VUE Roster
Doe Maria Jane Maria Jane Doe
Maria Jane Doe Jane Maria Doe
MARIA JANE DOE
Maria Jane Doe
Maria Jane Doé
Maria Jane Doe

**The United Nations agency ICAO has determined that all non machine-readable passports are considered expired as of 24 November 2015. Therefore, international travel passports that are not machine-readable (including handwritten passports) will be considered invalid for entry into the CIPM exam. Please note: A machine readable passport has two lines of text as letters, numbers and chevrons (<<<<<) at the bottom of the data page (the page containing your photo and personal information) of your passport.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our identification policy.