GED® Eligibility


Eligibility for GED® testing is established by the Texas Education Code, Section 7.111, which states that a resident of the state who has not graduated from high school is eligible to take the high school equivalency test in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education. Eligibility requirements for GED® testing are also defined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 2, Chapter 89, Subchapter C, Rule §89.43.


In order to take the GED® tests, an applicant must:

  Have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID;


  Be 18 years of age;


  Be a resident of the state;


  Not be enrolled in an accredited high school; AND


  Not be a high school graduate.


What Identification is needed?

  Identification must include date of birth, photograph, and signature

  Government Issued IDs (national or foreign) include:

    State Driver License (Acceptable Identification to obtain a driver license)

    Department of Public Safety Identification Card

    Military ID


    U.S. Passport Card

    Matrícula Consular  


They do not include:

    School IDs

    Credit/Debit Cards

How can I prove my state residency?


For proof of residency, a Texas Driver License or a bill with a Texas address needs to be shown to your testing center.





The State of Texas is revising the GED® exam rules and regulations beginning in 2014. Test-takers will not be able to sit for individual examinations, but must take the entire exam (five subject areas) in one sitting. If you have not completed your GED® by January 2014, any subject tests you've taken will be considered invalid. Students are urged to plan accordingly.