mbe help, mpre testing centerWhat can I bring into the MPRE testing center?

Many students don’t do their homework before the MPRE and they are surprised that they can’t wear their watch. Or their fitbit. Or that they have to go all the way back to their car to dispose of their phone. Or that the photo identification required is very specific!

Here, we tell you what you MUST bring, what you MAY bring, and what you MAY NOT bring into the MPRE testing center. Note that we are just pointing out a few of the salient items. Please make sure that you take the time to read all of the updated test day policies on the NCBE site here.

Note: In 2020, the MPRE Administration is changing. The MPRE will be located at Pearson Vue Testing Centers. So, it is possible this list may change as well. Please check the NCBE site if you are taking the MPRE in 2020!

What can I bring into the MPRE testing center?


A government-issued photo ID

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) states: Each examinee must present a valid government-issued ID that is current and contains a recent recognizable photo and the examinee’s first and last name and date of birth.

Note: The following are NOT acceptable forms of ID for admission to the test center:

  • Social Security card,
  • Social Insurance card,
  • birth certificate,
  • credit card (including those with photo),
  • ID expired for more than 90 days,
  • photocopied ID,
  • employee ID (including government employees),
  • or student ID.


A passport-type photograph attached to your MPRE admission ticket

The NCBE directions are very specific about this! The directions state the following:

  • A passport-type photograph is required of all examinees. The photograph must be no larger than 2×2 inches and no smaller than 1×1 inch. It must have been taken within the last six months and must show only your face and shoulders. The photograph must be clear enough so that there is no doubt about your identity. Digital photographs printed on photo paper will be accepted.
  • Attach the passport-type photograph to the designated box on your MPRE Admission Ticket using glue or tape. Do not use staples. Print (in block letters) your name, test date, NCBE Number, and test center code on the back of the photograph before you attach it to your MPRE Admission Ticket in case it should become detached from your ticket.
  • All Admission Tickets and attached photographs will be collected on the day of the exam and will not be returned to examinees.

If you do not present both a valid government-issued ID AND the required passport-type photograph, you will be denied admission to the testing room and will forfeit your test registration fee.


You may bring the following items into the testing center:

The following items are allowed in a clear plastic bag that is a maximum size of one gallon:

  • valid ID;
  • wallet;
  • keys;
  • car key fob (without a data port);
  • hygiene products;
  • non-mechanical pencils,
  • eraser,
  • pencil sharpener;
  • tissues;
  • unwrapped cough drops or hard candy;
  • medication, glucose tablets or gel

In addition, medical aids that are necessary to ambulate (cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, service animal, prosthetic limb, cast, brace, or sling), are necessary to communicate (hearing aid, voice amplifier), or are required for medical or health reasons (heart monitor, Epinephrine auto-injector, insulin pump, glucose monitor, blood sugar testing kit, small inhaler, TENS unit) are allowed but may be inspected by test center supervisors.


You are prohibited from bringing the following items into the testing center:

  • Any electronic device, including but not limited to
    • cell or mobile phones (leave your phone in your car!) 
    • digital watches or timers
    • fitness trackers
    • media players
    • headphones
    • language translators
    • picture-taking devices
  • firearms or other weapons
  • written materials (including books and notes)
  • scratch paper or paper of any kind
  • mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers, pens, or highlighters
  • rulers
  • briefcases, handbags, or backpacks of any kind
  • non-electronic watches or timers of any kind
  • earplugs or earmuffs of any kind
  • hats and/or hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head
  • food or beverages (unless pre-authorized for medical reasons)

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